Chicken and Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette - Slimmr

Chicken and Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Under 300 calories per serving and packed with the goodness of tender chicken. Let’s dive into this easy-to-follow recipe for two.

Ingredients (for 2 servings):

For the Salad:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 150g each)

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water or chicken broth (for cooking quinoa)

2 cups mixed greens (e.g., spinach, arugula, and romaine)

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cucumber, sliced

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook the Quinoa:

Rinse the quinoa under cold running water.

In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water or chicken broth to a boil.

Add the rinsed quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.

2. Prepare the Chicken:

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and lightly grease it.

Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 6-7 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through and no longer pink in the centre. Set aside to rest for a few minutes, then slice into thin strips.

3. Assemble the Salad:

In a large mixing bowl, arrange the mixed greens.

Top the greens with halved cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and thinly sliced red onion.

4. Prepare the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.

5. Add the Quinoa and Chicken:

Distribute the cooked and cooled quinoa evenly over the salad.

Arrange the sliced chicken on top of the quinoa.

6. Drizzle with Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Drizzle the Balsamic Vinaigrette over the salad, quinoa, and chicken.

7. Toss and Coat:

Gently toss the salad to evenly coat all the ingredients with the Balsamic Vinaigrette.

8. Serve and Garnish:

Divide the Chicken and Quinoa Salad between two plates.

Garnish with fresh basil leaves for a burst of freshness.

9. Enjoy Your Refreshing Chicken and Quinoa Salad!

This Chicken and Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is a satisfying and balanced lunch option that’s rich in protein from tender chicken. With fluffy quinoa and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette, it’s a refreshing and delicious midday meal. Enjoy your low calorie and nutritious creation!