Quinoa Salad with Chicken

Quinoa Salad with Chicken

4 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 15 min

Standing 30 min

550 calories per serving 


1 2/3 cup quinoa   280 g
3 cups water   750 mL
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil   65 mL
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed   3/4 lemon
2 tsp curry powder   6 g
1 3/4 tsp gingerroot, grated   8 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
1/2 green peppers, diced   80 g
2 stalks celery, diced   140 g
2 green onions/scallions, finely chopped   30 g
1 chicken breasts, bone-in   600 g
2 tsp olive oil   10 mL
10 cups baby spinach   160 g
2 tbsp Classic Vinaigrette (Recipe)   30 mL

Before you start

The chicken may be cooked either using an outdoor grill or in an oven under the broiler.


  1. Cook the quinoa in the water.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, curry powder and grated ginger. Season with salt and pepper. Put the quinoa in a salad bowl, then pour the vinaigrette over it. Stir in the bell pepper, celery, and green onion. Mix well then let stand in the refrigerator at least a half hour up to overnight.
  3. About 15 min before serving, take the salad out of the refrigerator. Preheat the outdoor grill to medium-high heat or preheat the broiler.
  4. Pat the chicken dry, then brush it with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil the chicken until cooked through and golden-coloured, about 15 min, turning it once. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and cover it loosely with foil.
  5. In a bowl, combine the baby spinach with the Classic Vinaigrette, then add it to the quinoa salad. Cut the chicken crosswise into thin slices, then add them to the salad. Toss well, adjust the seasoning, then serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (420g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




27 g

42 %

Saturated 4 g
+ Trans 0 g

19 %


70 mg


115 mg

5 %


42 g

14 %


6 g

23 %


1 g


36 g

Vitamin A

60 %

Vitamin C

45 %


10 %


50 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: servings
Grain Products: servings
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low :
Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, Sodium
Source of :
Calcium, Vitamin B12
Good source of :
Fibre, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C
Excellent source of :
Copper, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Zinc
Diet-related health claims :
Artery-healthy, Heart-healthy

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This recipe is in the following categories: Poultry | Rice/Grain | Lunch box | Main courses/Entrées | Artery-healthy | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | Heart-healthy | High Fibre | High Iron | Kosher | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Barbecue/Broil/Grill

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