Chicken Quinoa Salad Recipe

Allison Ruth | Some the Wiser

Chicken quinoa salad with the sweetness of maple. Perfect for summer lunch or dinner.

Chicken Quinoa Salad Photo

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.

Chicken Quinoa Salad Picture

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.

Looking for more quinoa to love? Try our Quinoa Burrito Bowl and Summer Quinoa Salad, full of yummy roasted vegetables!

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Chicken Quinoa Salad Recipe

  10 Servings


  • 1 2/3 cups Quinoa, rinsed (red)
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Dried Apricots, chopped
  • 1 cup Slivered Almonds, raw
  • 4-5 Scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 ribs Celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 6 ounces Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped (rotisserie or canned works well)


  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and syrup to create the dressing.
  3. Add 3/4 cup of the dressing to the quinoa. Stir in the apricots, almonds, scallions, celery, salt, and chicken.
  4. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  5. Just before serving, stir in the remaining dressing and season to taste with salt.
  6. Serve cold or at room temperature. 


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Author: Allison Ruth
Recipe Yields: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 127
Calories 336

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 309mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 15g
Protein 11g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Allison Ruth

About Allison

Allison is CEO, chief cook and bottle washer and more. She chronicles her adventures with three young girls and baby boy on Some the Wiser. We're honored to have her sharing her secrets to great Family Meals and Snacks too.

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