Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Description

A delicious and nutritious salad that combines grilled chicken breast, fluffy quinoa, mixed greens, creamy avocado, and a tangy lemon vinaigrette for a protein-rich, healthy meal. Perfect for a quick lunch or a light dinner.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled and sliced
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 3 cups mixed greens (such as arugula, spinach, and romaine)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • For the Lemon Vinaigrette:
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: sliced almonds, cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Prepare the quinoa according to package instructions and let it cool.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper to create the vinaigrette.
  3. In a large salad bowl, toss the mixed greens with the cooled quinoa and diced avocado.
  4. Add the grilled chicken slices on top of the salad.
  5. Drizzle the lemon vinaigrette over the salad and toss lightly to combine.
  6. Garnish with optional sliced almonds and cherry tomatoes if desired.
  7. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 450 per serving
  • Protein: 38g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Fiber: 6g

Health Benefits

This salad is a powerhouse of nutrition. Grilled chicken provides a high-quality source of protein that is essential for muscle repair and growth. Quinoa is a gluten-free grain that offers a complete protein profile, which is rare in plant foods. Avocado contributes healthy fats, particularly oleic acid, which is known for its heart health benefits. Mixed greens are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support overall health. This combination makes the salad not only delicious but also incredibly beneficial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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