Chicken Quinoa Salad


I threw this recipe together based off a pasta salad I liked. I wanted something with quinoa to make it a little healthier. Very delicious!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, or to taste

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 15 fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken

  • 12 grape tomatoes, quartered

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir quinoa until slightly toasted and water has evaporated from quinoa, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Cover saucepan, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender and has absorbed the broth, about 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and let sit for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork.

  2. Mix quinoa, asparagus, chicken, tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic together in a bowl. Drizzle 1/4 cup olive oil over salad and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes; stir until evenly coated.

Cook's Note:

Vegetable broth can be substituted for the chicken broth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

313 Calories
17g Fat
22g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 313
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 9mg 47%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 417mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.