So I thought this salad would be the biggest annoyance to make but to be honest, I found a few shortcuts to make it the easiest weeknight meal EVER.
Mondays are a very stressful day for me, I mean it’s Monday after all. After a fulls days work and a brutal workout at Barre bee Fit , the last thing I want to do is cook. This stress free meal is filling, flavorful, and delicious- J went crazy over it!
Chicken Quinoa Salad
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 tbsp garlic infused olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup edemame
1/2 cup chick peas
1/2 cup scallions
1/4 cup sliced red onions
2 roticerie chicken breasts
Cook the quinoa according to directions. Pull apart the breasts of the roticerie chicken and either pull apart or dice into cubes. Add the black beans, corn, edemame, chick peas, scallions, onion, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Serve warm.
Simply put, I went to the whole foods salad bar and filled up on items that would pair best with my salad. I love beans, they have so much protein and are super filling- edemame too! Instead cooking the chicken myself, I purchased a lemon infused organic roticerie chicken. All I had to do was dice it up into cubes and throw it into my salad. My Dad bought me this amazing garlic infused olive oil which gave this salad some extra flavor. EVOO works just as well.
Feel free to use whatever vegetables, beans, or lean proteins you like. I purposely chose items that are packed with protein to fill me up. This also makes a huge portion which is great because I brought it for lunch and J had it for dinner the next day. He even added some low sodium soy sauce for some extra flavor.