Quinoa Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe - A complete meal with whole grain quinoa and chicken salad stuffed into a tomato. Perfect for a light, easy dinner! \\ Get the recipe from ItsYummi.com
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Quinoa Cranberry Chicken Salad

Slices of tender chicken breast and good-for-you quinoa are tossed together with lovely citrus flavors and a tangy Asian dressing to make a beautiful, healthy dish!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 356kcal

Ingredients

  • .5 cup quinoa rinsed and cooked (.5 cup dry quinoa makes 1 cup cooked)
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken breast I use rotisserie chicken breast meat
  • 1 large leek cleaned and thinly sliced (white part only)
  • 1 cup Mandarin orange segments if using canned oranges, drain the syrup
  • .5 cup dried cranberries
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Asian dressing

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp rice vinegar
  • .25 cup orange juice freshly squeezed is best
  • .75 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar or raw honey
  • .5 tsp ground ginger
  • .5 tsp minced garlic

Instructions

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Cooking time, approx. 12 minutes.
  • Cut cooked chicken breasts into small, bite-sized pieces or shred them with a fork.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine cooked quinoa, chicken, leek, oranges, and dried cranberries. Toss to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine oil, rice vinegar, orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, ground ginger, and garlic. Whisk to combine.
  • Just before serving, toss salad with dressing, in an amount to suit your taste.
  • Serve over healthy greens or stuff into hollowed out tomatoes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 26.4mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2.3mg