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Harvest Chicken Quinoa Salad

Harvest Chicken Quinoa Salad is a healthy and delicious lunch studded with chewy cranberries, juicy pineapple and salty pumpkin seeds along with the tender chicken & protein packed quinoa that are dressed in a homemade pineapple and honey vinaigrette.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 6
Author: Danielle Green

Ingredients

  • 1 c. quinoa dry
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. cooked chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken cubed
  • 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits save the juice
  • 2/3 c. dried cranberries
  • 2/3 c. salted & roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Vinaigrette
  • juice from pineapple tidbits
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. champagne or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over high heat, add the quinoa and water and give a quick stir. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, giving a quick stir every 5 minutes. The quinoa is done cooking when you see the tiny spirals curling around the grains. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients until smooth. Add all of the salad ingredients, including the cooled quinoa and fold everything together until it is all well dressed. Serve at room temperature or chilled.