Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

This is one of the most delicious meals I've made in the past couple of months. Even Corey (who doesn't normally think that a salad constitutes a meal and isn't quite on-board with quinoa yet) thought that it was delicious and said he was excited to eat it again--soon. This meal is also super healthy and quick to throw together if you use leftover quinoa and chicken. If you've never made quinoa before, here is a good tutorial on how to cook it. If you're looking for another way to enjoy it--try serving it with this Honey-Balsamic Glazed Salmon. Enjoy!

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad
adapted from What's Gaby Cooking 

serves 2

1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen, thawed)
1 cup shredded, cooked BBQ chicken
1 1/2 - 2 cups baby spinach
1 avocado, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 green onions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
2-3 Tb. BBQ sauce
2-3 Tb. ranch dressing
juice of 1/2 lime
1/8 tsp. each cumin and chipotle chili powder
fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges for serving

1. Combine  BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, lime juice, cumin and chili powder in small bowl. Stir until completely combined.
2. Toss all remaining ingredients in large bowl. Drizzle with dressing. Divide evenly onto serving plates and serve with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.
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