Chicken quinoa salad with the sweetness of maple. Perfect for summer lunch or dinner.
As the weather starts to warm up, it gets more and more difficult to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Not only is it uncomfortable to labor near a hot stove in warm weather, but the fresh air and sunshine keep calling me outdoors to the garden and the park and the patio.
This simple and delicious Maple Balsamic Chicken Quinoa Salad is my solution to the warm weather kitchen dilemma! It doesn’t require much time in the kitchen and no time near a hot stove, but I still end up with a hearty, flavorful meal that even the kids enjoy.
I particularly like the flexibility of a chicken salad like this one. While I’ve never been a parent to make more than one meal to accommodate picky eaters, I am always willing to adapt dinner to my kids’ tastes. That means that some of us eat this chicken quinoa salad in a bowl with a slice of crusty bread or crackers on the side. Some of us eat it in a lettuce wrap, while others prefer it in a pita or tortilla. As for me, I like it just about any way.
Using Red Quinoa combined with a simple sweet-and-sour dressing gives this chicken salad a unique flavor. As the sun continues to shine around here and the days warm up, I’m looking forward to sharing this salad throughout the barbecue and picnic season ahead. It’s a fun, unique, delicious twist on a classic chicken salad with the healthy addition of quinoa.
Quinoa sometimes gets a bad rap as being bitter. Make sure you rinse it well before cooking. Rinsing quinoa removes the layer of saponin. That's where all the bitterness lies. Wash it away and all you're left with is the perfect nuttiness of the quinoa seed.
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