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Sweet Pineapple Chicken Quinoa Salad

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A light and healthy quinoa salad tossed in a flavorful spice mix, loaded with healthy wholesome ingredients like grilled chicken, salted pistahios, and shredded coconut!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 cups Uncooked Quinoa
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1-¼ teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 cups Fresh Arugula, Roughly Chopped
  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken Breast, Chopped (canned, Rotisserie, Or Grilled All Work Well)
  • 1-½ cup Shelled, Whole Pistachios
  • 1 cup Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro, Rinsed And Finely Chopped
  • 1 cup Chopped Dried Pineapple
  • 1 cup Dried Cherries, Roughly Chopped
  • 1 cup Flaked Unsweetened Coconut

Preparation

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa, cover and reduce heat to simmer for 12 minutes, or until water is completely absorbed.

Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Add olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, cumin, and salt quinoa and mix well.

Add remaining ingredients and toss until evenly distributed.

You can serve this at room temperature or cold. If serving more than 2 hours after preparing, store in the refridgerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Lisa on 7.10.2014

This is such an impressive salad! I was a bit hesitant serving it to my husband but he raved about it! I didn’t have arugula, I subbed romaine and spinach. Also, I left out the coconut as I didn’t have any that was unsweetened. II cut the recipe in half and still had leftovers the next day that were even better! If I were serving this to company, I’d make it the day before with the exception of the greens, I’d combine them shortly before serving. The flavors and textures create a happy, happy mouth. Make this and impress your friends!

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