Cherry-Pistachio & Chicken Quinoa Salad

So much quinoa, so few prep ideas. Sound familiar? If you’ve bought a box of this nutty-tasting, ancient grain and aren’t sure what to do after fluffing the finished potful with a fork, let this recipe lead the way. Stir in chewy cherries, tender pistachios and chunks of protein-packed chicken for an elegant yet easy-to-make side dish, which can be served warm or chilled.

Cherry-Pistachio Quinoa

Cherry-Pistachio & Chicken Quinoa Salad

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1-3/4 cup quinoa
2-1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup pistachios
1 cup dried cherries
2 chicken breasts (boneless), chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 medium shallot, diced
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ cup dry white wine
¼ cup flat parsley leaves

Directions

  1. In large skillet, combine chicken, garlic, shallots, salt and white wine; cook until chicken is done and no longer pink.
  2. While chicken cooks, heat water in medium-sized saucepan until boiling; add quinoa and reduce heat to simmer. Cook quinoa for 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together olive oil and lemon juice; set aside.
  4. In large bowl, combine cooked chicken mixture (including pan juice) and quinoa; stir to combine. Stir in cherries, pistachios and parsley.
  5. Pour lemon juice/olive oil mixture over salad; stir to combine.
  6. Serve warm or chilled.

 

Amy Clevenger

Amy Clevenger is a Los Angeles-based food blogger. In 2013, she started her popular Instagram account @FantasticallyFit to help keep her accountable in her journey to better health. Clevenger’s brand has since expanded to include Fantastically-Fit.com and the popular e-recipe book series, Healthy Eats. Clevenger’s passion for healthy eating and cooking began while she was pursuing her master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Cal Lutheran University. Her work with families helped her to realize that living a healthy, happy life starts in the kitchen. She believes clean eating doesn’t have to mean giving up on great taste. Today, Clevenger is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Los Angeles with her three cats, Kailani, Confettu and Harley.

About Amy Clevenger

Amy Clevenger is a Los Angeles-based food blogger. In 2013, she started her popular Instagram account @FantasticallyFit to help keep her accountable in her journey to better health. Clevenger’s brand has since expanded to include Fantastically-Fit.com and the popular e-recipe book series, Healthy Eats. Clevenger’s passion for healthy eating and cooking began while she was pursuing her master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Cal Lutheran University. Her work with families helped her to realize that living a healthy, happy life starts in the kitchen. She believes clean eating doesn’t have to mean giving up on great taste. Today, Clevenger is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Los Angeles with her three cats, Kailani, Confettu and Harley.

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