I LOVE any kind of Greek-inspired food, and this Greek quinoa salad is no exception! It’s FULL of colorful vegetables that add delicious fresh flavor, and the chicken, chickpeas, and quinoa make it super filling. Though it CAN be served as a side dish, I’d say this salad has enough going on to count as well balanced meal all by itself!
How to Make Greek Quinoa Salad
- You’ll want to set aside time to chop all of the vegetables and fresh herbs. This salad contains cherry tomatoes, avocados, red and orange bell peppers, english cucumber, red onion, and fresh parsley. This may take a few minutes, but you can always chop them up ahead of time, and put them in the fridge until it’s time to add the vegetables to the salad!
- Cook the quinoa. I like to use vegetable broth because it adds great flavor. However, you can also use water or chicken broth if you don’t have any vegetable broth on hand. Make sure to rinse the quinoa before cooking. Quinoa has a natural bitter coating that doesn’t taste great–rinsing it helps to get rid of that residue.
- While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the chicken. Season well with the listed ingredients, and then saute on the stove. Only flip the chicken once while cooking, and wait about 10 minutes after cooking before cutting the chicken into bite-size pieces. Both of these tips will help keep the chicken moist.
- Saute the chickpeas. This step is completely optional–you can rinse the chickpeas off and add them directly to the salad. However, when I have extra time, I like to saute them and add a little bit of seasoning. This just takes a few minutes, and can add some extra flavor.
- Prepare the dressing. This dressing has A LOT of flavor. It is pretty strong on its own, but when spread through such a large salad, it does a great job balancing all of the flavors and brightening up the meal.
- Mix it all together. If you aren’t planning on having tons of leftovers, go ahead and mix all of the dressing in. However, if you are planning to eat this several times over the span of a few days, I recommend only adding a little bit of dressing to the serving that you are planning to eat.