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Quinoa Chicken Summer Salad

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I’m loving this summer salad! You might be sick of me and my quest for high protein recipes, but I’m just getting started…haha. I guess I’m just so happy about how much better I feel when I include a good dose of protein in my meals. And maybe because it seemed to help me shed a few extra pounds…that’s always a little bit of happy.

This is a lovely, light, fruit salad just perfect for a hot summer’s evening when you don’t feel like cooking too much. It’s creamy and sweet…great for an evening picnic or a pool party. I had it two days in a row…so delicious; it’s almost like a dessert and main dish in one! Thanks to the chicken and quinoa each serving has 18 grams of protein!

Quinoa Chicken Summer Salad

  1. ¾ cooked, organic quinoa
  2. ½ cup cooked chicken, diced
  3. 2 tbsp. low fat mayonnaise
  4. 1 orange, squeezed
  5. ¼ cup mandarin segments
  6. ¼ cup green grapes, halved
  7. 1/3 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  8. ¼ cup toasted almonds

Combine all the ingredients, except the almonds. When ready to serve, gently toss in the toasted almonds. Serves 2.

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Note: I like to double some of my recipes so that I have some extra meals ready for on the go. I can just toss a Tupperware into my bag as I’m leaving and I have my meal already! This saves me money and ensures that I will get something that’s actually nutritious. When I’m hungry, I’ll eat the first thing I see, so I try to always be prepared!

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Quiona Chicken Protein Bowl 02

Nutritional Info (per serving): Cals: 345, Fat: 13.5g, Sodium: 166mg, Carbs: 40g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 16g, Protein: 18g

When I woke up yesterday morning I almost freaked out. I thought fall had come…it was cold and the air felt “different”. Then I noticed that some of our leaves are turning! I’m almost ready for autumn, but I’m not quite there yet! There’s a lot more volleyball to be played!!! Thankfully, the weather turned hot that afternoon and I’m feeling more “at peace” right now, haha. I love summer.

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Do you feel like summer is almost over? What’s your favourite healthy “on-the-go” meal? Inspire me with some new ideas!

Category: Gluten Free, Main Dishes, Protein, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 8 comments »

8 Responses to “Quinoa Chicken Summer Salad”

  1. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350

    This salad looks wonderful! I love quinoa and I’m always looking for new favorite quinoa salad recipes.

  2. Barefeet In The Kitchen

    This looks good. I love combining fruit and chicken in a salad. I like the addition of the quinoa too!

  3. Kelly

    This looks like a perfect summer lunch. Yum!

  4. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    I just came across your page and I’m so glad! You have some great recipes up here :)

  5. Clarkie @ Beloved Green

    I am such a huge fan of any kind of summer salad. Love all the sweet flavors in this.

  6. Kelly

    This looks delicious Charissa! Love your photos as always! :)

  7. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Hi Charissa!
    I just found your blog from the comment section of someone elses, and love it so far!
    Your recipes are great, esp this one!, and your pictures are quite professional looking :)
    Can’t wait to read more!

  8. Pure2raw twins

    Beautiful! Love the idea of using quinoa in this summer salad!!!

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