The Speckled Palate
July 17, 2017

Summer Quinoa Salad

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute®. I received payment and product to create this post. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support The Speckled Palate!

Elevate your next meal by whipping up a Summer Quinoa Salad! Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa serves as the star of this entrée salad. Toss with romaine, avocado, tomato, chicken breast and feta, then drizzle on the homemade lemon vinaigrette. Ready in less than ten minutes, this salad makes a wonderful work lunch! Wholesome food doesn’t have to be bland, and this Summer Quinoa Salad is something that proves that point again and again.

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When I was pregnant nearly three years ago, my husband and I decided to take one final trip before our daughter arrived.

After some discussion of wilderness vs. cityscape, we decided upon New York City, a place where my husband had never been, despite having several friends who live there.

In mid-October, we hopped on a plane and flew north to experience the wonderland that is NYC.

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While there, we played tourists for several days, hiking the Brooklyn Bridge, climbing the stairs of the Statue of Liberty and lounging in Central Park, among other things.

And at the behest of my sister, who’d spent a lot of time there, we hit up her favorite pizza joint… and had the most amazing salad.

It was simple, but to this day, I remember it as an all-time favorite.

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Quinoa served as the base for the salad, and when tossed with avocados, tomatoes, spinach and a fresh vinaigrette, Winston and I could not stop talking about it.

We enjoyed it so much that I added it to my list of ‘to make’ recipes.

But I never did make it myself until a few weeks back.

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In came Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa to make all my salad dreams come true! This gluten-free, whole grain blend of white and red quinoa is the first 100% quinoa Minute product. And you can serve it hot or cold, making a versatile addition to various dishes.

In my opinion, Minute Ready to Serve Quinoa is perfect for lunch because it’s portable and fast! In just 60 seconds, you have a fully cooked, single portion of quinoa.

I knew it would be the fabulous to recreate that salad we ate years ago because I’m always in search of quick, flavorful, wholesome lunches.

(If quinoa isn’t your thing, but this salad sounds like something you’d enjoy, have no fear! There are FIVE new “better-for-you” Minute® Ready to Serve pantry staples to try, including Minute Ready to Serve Organics and gluten-free Multi-Grain Medley. I bet any of them would work well here, too!)

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So let’s make a salad, eh?

First, we’ll whip up a lemon vinaigrette. Just two ingredients, plus spices, and it can be made in advance!

Next up, we’ll heat the Minute Ready to Serve Quinoa in the microwave.

While that’s happening, layer romaine into a bowl, then add avocado slices, fresh tomato, feta cheese and chicken breast. You can specifically bake a chicken breast for this recipe, use leftover chicken from the night before or rotisserie– just do whatever is easiest.

When the quinoa is done, add it to the bowl, then toss together using tongs.

Drizzle in the lemon vinaigrette, and enjoy immediately.

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Who’s ready to make themselves a salad now?

Also? You can turn it into a jarred salad, too. More on that in the recipe instructions below.

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Elevate your next meal by whipping up a Summer Quinoa Salad! @minutericeUS Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa serves as the star of this summertime entree salad. #ad
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Summer Quinoa Salad

Elevate your next meal by whipping up a Summer Quinoa Salad! Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa serves as the star of this entree salad. Toss with romaine, avocado, tomato, chicken breast and feta, then drizzle on the homemade lemon vinaigrette. Ready in less than ten minutes, this salad makes a wonderful work lunch! Wholesome food doesn't have to be bland, and this Summer Quinoa Salad is something that proves that point again and again.

Course Entree, Lunch, Salad, Salad Dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 large salad
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa Cup
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce , chopped
  • 1/2 avocado , sliced
  • 1 tomato , chopped
  • 3 oz. roasted chicken breast (I used leftover chicken from the night before, but you could use rotisserie here, too!)
  • 1 tablespoon feta cheese

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

Instructions

Make the Vinaigrette

  1. In a small mason jar, measure out the lemon juice and olive oil.

  2. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Shake, and set aside for later.

Make the Salad

  1. Remove the film from the Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa, and heat in the microwave for 60 seconds.

  2. While the quinoa heats through, prepare the salad.

  3. Start with a base of romaine.

  4. Add the sliced avocado and chopped tomato.

  5. Measure out the chicken breast and the feta.

  6. Add the quinoa to the salad.

  7. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top of the salad, and toss with tongs.

  8. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Many elements of this salad can be made in advance and packed for a quick work lunch. In a large mason jar, make the vinaigrette, then layer in the avocado, tomato, chicken, cheese and lettuce and transport to work. When it’s time to eat, heat up the Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa Cup, shake up the salad ingredients, and combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.

The vinaigrette can be made up to a few days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 1-2 hours in advance so the dressing can come to room temperature.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa.

19 Comments

  1. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I love using minute rice and this is a great idea for summer! I can’t wait to try this for lunch.

  2. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    Goodness gracious this salad looks so bright and refreshing! I love that it’s so easy to whip up! I can’t wait to try it for lunch this week.

  3. Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

    I looooove a good quinoa salad! This version looks absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to try it! That homemade dressing looks SO tasty, too.

  4. Jen

    What an easy way to get a healthy and delicious meal to the table! Love the no fuss approach for busy weeknights!

  5. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    I often hesitated to use quinoa when I had to cook it from scratch. I love this product! It is so handy, and it tastes great!

  6. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    What a great combo of ingredients here! I LOVE that the quinoa is minute-style – it makes life that much easier. Great dish!

  7. Dee

    I usually make quinoa instead of rice since we have two haters in the family, so this would be perfect for us! Love this salad!

  8. Meghan | Fox and Briar

    This salad looks amazing, love how easy it is to prepare the quinoa!

  9. Lynn

    As a busy mom, having this quinoa made so easily just makes me happy! This salad is gorgeous!

  10. Sandi

    I love how easy this salad is to put together!

  11. Abeer

    I am digging those 1 minute cups. They will make meal time sooooo easy! And this salad looks fantastic!

  12. Catalina @ Peas & Peonies

    We love salads for lunch during summer! I need to try your recipe!

  13. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    Quinoa that can be ready in just a minute?? Sign me up! What a perfect salad for summertime. 🙂

  14. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    I love these Minute Rice quinoa cups. I use them too. Nice recipe.

  15. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

    How have I never seen these before!?? I can’t wait to try them in this delicious salad!

  16. Mark, CompassandFork

    I love how popular quinoa is becoming. So healthy and I love the texture. Great salad.

  17. Jessica | Novice Chef

    WHAT?!? Love these minute quinoa pods!

  18. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

    I love a good grain salad – this looks SO perfect for summer!

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