Curried Chicken Quinoa Salad
Curried Chicken Quinoa Salad

You know the problem with most quinoa salads? There’s not enough meat in them. Juuust kidding. Let’s not get any knickers in a knot, I don’t really mean that at all. On second and third thought, maybe there’s a little bit of underlying truth to that statement. I adore quinoa salads, will choose them first and foremost when I have the opportunity and I think they scream “Summer IS HERE BABY!” almost as much as a good burger does.

That said, have you ever looked at the calories in quinoa?

Holy Dinah. Quinoa is on most lists of deceiving healthy foods for calorie counts. It’s right up there with rice at around 222 calories for a cup. Without anything else in it. I adore the Costco quinoa salad for a quick fix when I don’t have time to make one up but when I took a look at the calories on it one day I was instantly depressed. By the time you factor in oils, sugars and more in the dressings you are looking at the fact that you can have one measly cup (280 calories)  for lunch if you’re looking at keeping calories in check for the day. Now to be honest, considering the beans and such on there, I’m not sure that 280 calories is quite right….but that’s what the internet tells me.

My point – and I do have one- is that most quinoa salads are heavy-duty on the quinoa, which makes sense, it’s a quinoa salad, right?


When I first thought  of changing the traditional chicken curried salad that has been around for years into a chicken quinoa salad, I had some restructuring of the recipe to do.

  • No more mayo.  <— just typing that made me feel like I just spilled coffee down the front of your shirt. Or kicked a puppy. I’m so sorry.
  • Less quinoa
  • More healthy “filler” foods

While quinoa is beloved as a great source of protein, I thought that making use of the best of both protein worlds here was in order (plant and meat proteins)  Don’t worry, there are lots more quinoa salad recipes coming that are meat free. I had chicken to use up!

Notice the small – but still important – role that the quinoa takes in the salad. It’s just enough to get a good taste and reap the health benefits, but we are filling this salad with healthy apples, grapes, celery and chicken breast instead of so much quinoa! I much prefer this ratio now that we have started eating it this way. You can also leave out the pecans if need be, but they do add a lovely crunch and flavor!

If you make sure your vegetable broth is gluten-free, then the whole dish is!


Play around with the broth, 1/3 of a cup was not enough moisture for Mike, but I thought it was just right. Mix up the same ratio (1/3 cup broth, 1 tsp curry and 1/2 tsp sugar) then add another tablespoon, one at a time until it’s just perfect for your taste buds! I wouldn’t omit the sugar, it’s needed to cut the curry taste.

NOW. Whatever you do, set aside about a third of a cup of this beauty for the next day, ok? I have another fast lunch idea for this that I will post right away!

Happy Wednesday everyone! Has anyone been out camping yet? Are your gardens in?

My garden is in and my back still aches from it. My word, I took a year off from a vegetable garden and I’ve turned into a wuss with the spade!  But oh my, I sure hope everything grows, there are so many very exciting things I have planned!


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Curried Chicken Quinoa Salad - Gluten Free
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 mins

How to make a healthy and easy Curried Chicken Quinoa Salad.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quinoa salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups chopped cooked skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup red or green grapes
  • 1/2 cup diced apples
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp mild curry
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients.
  2. In a small measuring cup, combine the broth, curry and sugar.
  3. Pour the broth over the quinoa mix, stirring until it's covered. At this point, taste. If you want more broth with curry, mix and add according to your tastes.

Nutrition Facts
Curried Chicken Quinoa Salad - Gluten Free
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Potassium 378mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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