Greek Quinoa Chicken Salad
I have to give credit to my sister for this delicious recipe. She made this salad for me one time, and it has been added to my rotation ever since. This tastes fantastic warm or cold, so it works well as leftovers. It's loaded with vegetables, chicken and the high-protein grain, quinoa.
This is an easy recipe to play around with. You can add kalamata olives, pine nuts, sauteed spinach and any other ingredient that strikes your fancy. I love to top this with my tzatziki sauce, although the kids are on the fence with that "dip".
(If you have an endomorph body type and are looking to lose weight, plan to eat this meal soon after a hard and sweaty workout.)
1 large chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 cucumber, diced
1 small can sliced black olives (or kalamata olives)
1/2 cup reduced fat feta cheese
1-2 tablespoons garlic, minced (more or less to taste)
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Juice from half lemon
Olive oil to drizzle
Tzatziki sauce (If you have time for homemade, this is totally worth it!)
Salt & pepper
For the quinoa, place the rinsed quinoa and chicken stock in a medium pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, approximately 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
While the quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chicken, tossing to fully coat with the oil. Season with a little salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the chicken is fully cooked, approximately 10-12 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Now is the fun part. In a large bowl, stir together the quinoa, chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta cheese, garlic, basil and oregano. Once it is mostly combined, drizzle it all over with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and the lemon juice. Stir once again to fully distribute everything. Serve with the tzatziki sauce on top and try to not go back for seconds!
Makes 4 servings.