She’s a tasty one, full of happy little grape tomatoes and shredded bits of artichoke (!!) all snuggled in nicely between bites of tender chicken and fresh spinach, with quinoa and a yummy Greek-style vinaigrette clinging to all the little salady spaces in between.
What You’ll Need To Make This Salad Happen
The ingredient list is going to make all of us SOS-ers feel very good:
artichokes (canned or jarred! easy)
Now that I’ve got your salad wheels spinning, I would like to also tell you the other important thing which is that – surprise! – you can actually pick and choose whatever you like because, in addition to freshness and crunch and tang, versatility might be the very greatest thing about salads.
Swap In Whatever You’d Like Here
Substitutions that might make you happy:
use chickpeas instead of chicken
use a different grain, or cook your own
use a different dressing – something lemony, herby, more or less sweet, whatever you like
add capers for extra briney-ness
add roasted vegetables of any sort – sweet potato, bell peppers, zucchini
add nuts or seeds
The world is your salad!
Whether you go my direction with the quinoa / chicken / artichokes / Greek dressing, or go your own way with a spin-off of this combination, you will be eating well.
She is beautiful, colorful, flavorful, nutritious, family-friendly, and everything good that your SOS spring + summer heart could ever want.
Chicken Quinoa Salad: FAQs
Can this salad be made vegetarian?
It can! For a vegetarian version, just use white beans or chickpeas!
Can I meal prep this salad or make it ahead of time?
Yes! This can be made ahead and will last in the fridge for 1-3 days. The part that doesn’t last very well is the spinach, so I would suggest waiting to add the spinach to until just before serving, or make a big batch for the fridge and then just add spinach to individual servings.
I have a little bit of extra time to make my own dressing. Any recommendations?
Spin those salad wheels with this Basic + Awesome Chicken Quinoa Salad that’s easy to customize. Cherry tomatoes, shredded bits of artichoke, tender chicken, and fluffy quinoa all snuggled between pieces of fresh spinach.
2 cupscooked chicken, shredded or diced (I use pulled rotisserie chicken)
1 cupcooked quinoa(I buy this pre-packaged, usually comes in 8–10 ounce packages)
1–2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
one 14-ounce can chopped artichokes, drained and rinsed
1/2 cupvinaigrette of choice(I used the Panera at Home Greek dressing)
a handful of spinach or other fresh greens of choice
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well-combined.