Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This salad is high in protein and simple to make. I use chicken that has been grilled, but any leftover chicken would work. I might also try it with some baked tofu in place of the chicken.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water and a pinch of salt to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add the quinoa, stir, cover, reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat & remove lid to cool.
  4. In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until light brown.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the oil, vinegar, salt & pepper.
  6. Stir in the quinoa to coat.
  7. Add the chicken and grapes and toss to combine.
  8. Serve sprinkled with the toasted almonds.


Most Helpful

This is great. I added a bunch of fresh spinach.

jagret June 17, 2011

Yum! This makes a wonderful packed lunch or main dish salad. I used rotisserie chicken and enjoyed as is, but it may also be served over lettuce and other chopped veggies. Was searching to post a recipe I found at that's so similar I won't repost. That recipe uses only 2 T white wine vinegar, 2 c shredded chicken, and 1/2 cup sliced almonds. Thanks for sharing!

LonghornMama November 07, 2010

This is one of the few lunches that I can eat at Noon and not be starving by keeps you going all afternoon! The texture makes regular chicken salad seem boring--the quinoa is like pop rocks in your mouth, mixed with refreshing bites of cold grape. I would recommend using flavored vinegar or olive oil and/or adding herbs. If you use this on a sandwich, you may also want to add some mayo to bind it together more.

FLKeysJen March 28, 2010

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