As soon as the weather gets warm, I tend to crave healthy, lighter foods like quinoa. The great thing about quinoa is that it's incredibly versatile, and you can really pair it with anything. It's packed with protein and fiber, boots your metabolism, and is rich in antioxidants. If you haven't tried quinoa yet, do it! It takes on the flavor of whatever you prepare it with, so you can be as timid or as bold as you want.
This recipe is a spin on your traditional chicken salad but with healthy, lighter ingredients like greek yogurt and quinoa. Your beach bod will be thanking you in no time :)
Herbed Quinoa Chicken Salad
with Apples, Grapes & Almonds
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken stock
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 red onion, diced
1 granny smith apple, diced
1 1/2 cups green grapes, cut in half
1 1/2 cups arugula, chopped
1 T. basil, chopped
1 T. mint, chopped
1 T. chives, chopped
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 cup greek yogurt
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 T. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Pour 2 cups chicken stock and 1 cup quinoa into a large saucepan. Cook quinoa according to the package instructions and set aside to cool.
Cook chicken (bake in the oven or on the stovetop, based on your preference). Once cooked, shred the chicken breasts using 2 forks to pull apart. Put chicken in a large bowl, and add apple, red onion, arugula, almonds, grapes, basil, mint and chives into a large bowl.
In a small bowl, mix greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour dressing into the large bowl with the chicken, herbs, grapes, apples and almonds. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
You can eat the quinoa immediately or refrigerate and serve chilled.