This Greek Quinoa Chicken Salad is a delicious and easy recipe that’s perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. With rotisserie chicken, quinoa, feta cheese, bell peppers, cucumber, and a lemon vinaigrette, this dish comes together in no time and is just as good cold as it is served warm.
Tomorrow the Mr. and I are headed out to see our son, Cameron who is currently hiking the PCT – Pacific Crest Trail.
He began on March 19th and is now in S. Lake Tahoe at mile 1093. He’s only got 1,557 to go until he finishes up in Canada!
We couldn’t be more proud of him. It’s amazing what he’s done so far and the way it’s changed him. Seriously, if you want your kids to grow up and become more independent have them hike the PCT!
Wait, that sounds as if his dad and I forced him to do it, but that’s quite on the contrary! This was an undertaking he decided to do all on his own. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely life changing even for mom and dad. You can read more about his adventure and what it’s been like from my perspective here.
Let’s just put it this way, I cannot WAIT to hug that kid tomorrow!
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Do you love using rotisserie chickens to make your meals as much as I do? Not only are they delicious, but it just makes it so much easier to put a delicious homemade meal together quickly and with little effort. I used one for this Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole.
You can also use it in one of my most favorite dinner recipes, this Couscous Chicken Salad. This is one salad that is seriously out of this world. I’ve made it so many times and everyone who tries it absolutely loves it. I’m sure you will, too!
If you prefer not to use a rotisserie chicken in either of these recipes, then you can definitely cook the chicken any way you prefer and use that.
This Greek Quinoa Chicken Salad is a delicious recipe and perfect for summer. It’s already been in the triple digits here in Phoenix, so anyway I can make a meal without having to turn on the oven is a huge plus! I certainly don’t want to make it hotter around here than it already is that’s for sure!
ANd the great thing about this dish besides the fact that it’s easy, delicious and will save you money from eating out is that it tastes just as good if not better the next day. We like to eat it right after I mix everything with the warm quinoa. BUT if there are any leftovers (which there might not be!) and the flavors have had a chance to combine, it will be a great way to enjoy it as well.
Tasty Addition Ideas for this Greek Quinoa Chicken Salad
- I’m not an olive lover, so I know some people will tell me that this really can’t be classified as anything Greek since it doesn’t include them. BUT if you love them, add some kalamata olives or whichever you’d prefer!
- Add a chopped tomato or two. Make sure they’re nice and red, but not too ripe. They’ll add some more fresh summer flavor to your salad, especially if you use ones that are vine-ripened. Even better if you can pick them from your very own garden! And know that I’m envious. haha
- Slices of or diced avocado will add some more great flavor and will make this dinner even healthier.
- The use of the bell peppers, as well as the cucumber, gives it a fresh taste. Kudos to you if you can use some of those tasty veggies n this recipe that you’ll be growing in your garden this summer!
This recipe is slightly adapted from these Greek Quinoa Bowls I found at Peas and Crayons.
I love cooking with quinoa. It’s a great and healthy grain.
We really enjoy eating these Quinoa, Black Bean, and Turkey Stuffed Peppers. The combination of quinoa and black beans makes it a hearty meal. You can substitute ground beef if you’d like, but the turkey is a healthier option.
I also used quinoa here in this unexpected baked good. Not only is it tasty, but it’s a great accompaniment to your morning cup of coffee or afternoon tea!
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This Greek Quinoa Chicken Salad is a delicious and easy recipe that's perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. With rotisserie chicken, quinoa, feta cheese, bell peppers, cucumber and a lemon vinaigrette, this dish comes together in no time and is just as good cold as it is served warm.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups cooked chicken shredded or diced
- 1 green bell pepper chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 red bell pepper chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
In a liquid measuring cup, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix with a whisk.
In a medium saucepan, boil the water.
Rinse the cup of quinoa in a fine mesh sieve under cold water until the water runs clear. Drain well.
Add to boiling water. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook until the germs have spiraled out of each grain, about 15 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the chicken, chopped peppers, cucumber, onion, feta, and parsley. Mix well.
Add the cooked quinoa to the bowl and toss gently.
Mix dressing well again and pour over salad.
Toss well to coat.
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