Friday, December 7, 2012

Tricolor quinoa salad with grilled chicken

Last night I made this quinoa salad for my family, I honestly did not think that they gonna love it, but I was wrong.
I love preparing this simple dish that contains everything, so easy and quick to prepare.

Ingredients :
1.5 cup of cooked tricolor quinoa
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sliced onion (you can use red onion)
1/2 cup of each bell peppers, baby zucchini,
1/2 cup heirloom tomatoes (I skipped this)
1 cup or baby spinach
salt and peppers to taste
2 tbsp of lemon juice
Fresh basil

For the grilled chicken :
1 or 2 thin sliced chicken breast

For marinated :
1 crushed garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp honey
bunch of chopped fresh rosemary, thyme and sage
1 tsp lemon juce

Methods :
For the grilled chicken :
Mixed the marinating ingredients and marinade the chicken for couple hours.
Prepare grilling pan, I use iron cast
Grill the chicken until done, set aside

In the mean time, heat the olive oil and saute garlic and onion until fragrant. I know normally quinoa salad has raw red onion, but my family aren't too crazy about raw onion, so I used regular onion instead and saute-ing it together with garlic, I love caramelized onion flavor and I think it gives and bring the salad flavor to another level.
Next I add bell peppers, wait till it gets wilted (or cooked) I love it a bit crunchy so I did not cook it for too long, then throw in baby zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, salt and pepper.
Remove from the heat, add in the prepared quinoa and baby spinach then sprinkle with lemon juice, toss it couple times and transfer to serving dish. Garnish it with fresh basil and topped with sliced grilled chicken. Enjoy!! Powered by Blogger.

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