Grilled Sesame-Lime Chicken and Quinoa Salad is a tasty and vibrant make-ahead summer meal with lots of veggies that just needs some fresh bread to complete it.
This dish is a full meal-in-one. It’s chock full of vegetables including fresh spinach or greens, green onions, peppers and tomatoes – and bulked up with healthy quinoa and flavourful grilled chicken.
The marinade/dressing is made with sesame oil, lime juice, soy, garlic and maple syrup, creating a nice combination of earthy, sweet and tart. I got the idea for the dressing from an Epicurious recipe for chicken wings and tweaked it just a bit.
Once the chicken is marinated (you can skip this if you’re in a big rush), the whole thing takes little time to pull together. The real advantage to this salad, however, is that it can be made ahead and assembled just before serving. The other big advantage is its flexibility. Lots of variations are possible so you can create the dish to your own taste or, more importantly, with whatever you have on hand. Some crusty bread or corn bread would be great accompaniments.
- Buy pre-grilled boneless chicken pieces and toss with some of the dressing.
- Use or add other vegetables like grilled zucchini, sweet potato or asparagus.
- Add cut up ripe peaches or mangoes.
- Add some nuts or toasted sesame seeds for crunch.
- Use rice noodles instead of quinoa.
You can also try other salad combinations by adding grilled chicken to two other Two Kooks In The Kitchen salads seen below this recipe if you scroll down, including Red Quinoa Salad with Roasted Carrots and Beets or Quinoa and Glazed Butternut Squash salad.
Consider adding grilled chicken to these other salads: