New to Quinoa? Here’s a Recipe to Try

Posted by: on May 16, 2014 in Blog | 135 Comments

New to Quinoa? Here’s a Recipe to Try

As the days get longer and schedules gets busier, you might be looking for a make ahead dish that is both convenient and healthy. Consider this one.

Who would have thought that one of my favorite vegetarian recipes started in a chicken cook book? I was looking for a dish to bring to a pot luck party that included a group of healthy eaters. A casserole with cream of something soup inside and topped with crushed potato chips was not going to cut it!

I figured a little something made with chicken would be a better alternative so I turned to one of my favorite cook books. There I found a recipe for Chicken Curry Cous Cous Salad. Because it was a new recipe for me, I tried it out before the party, as written in the cookbook. Yum!

Then I began to tweak it.

Cous cous is yummy but quinoa has some additional health benefits and tastes great too. Quinoa is a seed that is a complete protein and can replace cous cous or rice in most dishes.

For the potluck I pulled out the meat and doubled up on the garbanzo beans and the dish was a hit.

I’ll share the recipe with chicken and you can modify it to fit your family’s taste. Feel free to use cous cous as well, but do give quinoa a try. It’s a great healthy addition to your meal plan.

Chicken Curry Quinoa Salad

Curry Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive or grapeseed oil
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 t. sugar
  • ½ t. curry powder
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1/8 t. ground allspice

Shake together in a tightly covered container and let sit while you prepare the rest of the dish.

Chicken Quinoa Salad

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (or cous cous)
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 medium red or yellow bell pepper diced
  • 6 chopped green onions
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas) drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped roasted almonds

Stir everything except the almonds together in a bowl. Stir in the curry dressing and refrigerate for at least one hour. Top with almonds just before serving.

Try it out and let us know how it worked for your family.