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Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad - A light and delicious salad filled with organic chicken and vegetables. #OrganicForAll

This Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad recipe is sponsored by Shaw’s and Albertsons. All opinions are 100% mine. #OrganicForAll

If you follow me over on Instagram, then you likely saw that I spent a few days in Chicago last month with Shaw’s learning all about their O Organics product line.

O Organics was launched more than a decade ago with the mission to make a wide variety of certified organic products available to more people at a great value. And with more than 300 items available – including produce, meat, milk, milk alternatives, eggs, coffee, salty snacks, baby foods, and more – O Organics is the #1 organic product line in the United States. Here are just a few of their many organic products I found at my local Shaw’s store:

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad - A Family Feast

All O Organics products are USDA certified organic (meaning that 95%+ of the ingredients are organic) and they carry the USDA certified organic seal.  Every O Organics product also has a 100% quality and satisfaction guarantee.

During my visit to Chicago, I joined a group of bloggers from around the country for a jam-packed day at Kendall College, learning about, eating, and cooking with O Organics.  After a delicious breakfast, we enjoyed a cooking demo with nutritionist Annessa Chumbley, R.D. Annessa is a Registered Dietitian and TV host who shared some of her favorite healthy recipes and tips on how to fit affordable organic ingredients into every meal.

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Next, all of us got busy in the kitchen cooking with O Organics. (There were so many wonderful ingredients to choose from!)

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad - A Family Feast

The freshness of the produce and the quality of the packaged items was really of superior quality. After an amazing lunch, I was able to do some shopping for O Organics – so I could head home and make recipes to share here on A Family Feast.

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad - A Family Feast

I found all of the ingredients for today’s Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad recipe at my local Shaw’s. This Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad is healthy, light and delicious and it cooks up in less than 30 minutes so it’s great for a quick weeknight meal.

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad - A light and delicious salad filled with organic chicken and vegetables. #OrganicForAll

We started by poaching some O Organics Free Range Chicken in O Organics Chicken Broth and some other ingredients for flavor. (You can also roast or sauté the chicken if you prefer).

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad - A Family Feast

While the chicken poached, we cooked O Organics Quinoa in O Organics Vegetable Broth along with scallions sautéed in O Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once the quinoa was done cooking, we stirred in some O Organics Baby Kale to lightly cook.

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad - A Family Feast

After cooling to room temperature we shredded the chicken. Then we tossed the chicken and quinoa together with fresh chopped vegetables (including O Organics Grape Tomatoes) and a fresh lemon and herb dressing made with O Organics extra virgin olive oil.

The flavors in this Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad are fresh and fantastic – and I love knowing that this healthy meal is made with ingredients that meet strict quality standards.

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad - A light and delicious salad filled with organic chicken and vegetables. #OrganicForAll

A quick note:  I had the opportunity to work with a vast selection of O Organics products, but please check your local Albertsons family store to see what’s available in your area.

I get my O Organics products at Shaw’s, but if you are outside of the Boston area, O Organics products are available at the Albertsons family of  stores across the country, including Safeway, Vons, Jewel-OscoShaw’sACME MarketsRandalls, Tom Thumb, Pavilions and Star Market.

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Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad - A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

Poaching liquid

  • 1 quart O Organics Chicken Broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 4 whole scallions, cut in half
  • 4 stalks fresh parsley with leaves
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 pound O Organics Free Range Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 2-3 -inch pieces

Quinoa

  • 1 tablespoon O Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup scallion bottoms, sliced
  • 1 cup O Organics Quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups O Organics Vegetable Broth
  • 2 cups O Organics Baby Kale, plus more for each serving

Dressing

  • 2½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 grinds black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • ¼ cup O Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Other

  • 3 baby cucumbers, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 10-ounce package O Organics Grape Tomatoes, cut in half
  • O Organics Stone Ground Wheat Crackers, for serving

Instructions

Poach the Chicken

  1. Place all poaching liquid ingredients except the chicken breasts in a 3-4 quart pan with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Bring to a boil and place chicken in liquid. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  3. Poach chicken for 10-15 minutes or until no longer pink in center. (Chicken will continue to cook once removed from liquid so remove to a platter just before fully cooked.)
  4. Cool and shred chicken with two forks and refrigerate until needed.

Prepare the Quinoa

  1. In a medium sauce pan with a tight-fitting lid, add oil and heat over medium heat. Once hot add scallions. Stir and cook for two minutes.
  2. Add quinoa and stir and cook for one minute.
  3. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to low and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. As soon as the quinoa is cooked, stir in the two cups of baby kale and let sit for five minutes covered.
  5. Remove to a platter and chill.

Prepare the Dressing

  1. Mix all of the dressing ingredients except the oil in a small bowl with a wire whisk.
  2. Slowly add in the oil while whisking.

Assemble the Salad

  1. In a large bowl mix cooked shredded chicken, cooked quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes and dressing.
  2. Place a small handful of baby kale on each serving plate and top with the chicken and quinoa mixture and serve with wheat crackers on the side.

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  1. I am a big fan of quinoa salads and this one looks really yummy!

  2. This is my perfect salad! I love O Organics product line because it’s budget friendly!

  3. I am always a sucker for a good quinoa dish! This looks so fresh & healthy & delicious. 🙂

  4. oooo I bet that trip to Chicago for O Organics was so much fun!! I wish we had a Shaw around here! Either way, I love this salad!

  5. I will definitely have to check out these O organics products! They sound so good! Chicago seemed like such a fun time. I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it.

  6. I adore the O Organics brand…. and their mission/motto – Organic for all. This salad looks delish… and you probably know, quinoa is my fav. 🙂

  7. I am a fan of this line and grab some of it at my Acme, however I had no idea there was this variety! Thanks for clue-ing me in! Your salad looks scrumptious…I ws just telling myself the other day I need to make more grain based salads for easy lunches. TY!

  8. I love a great healthy dinner option!!

  9. First, it was so great to meet you and I hope we get to do it again soon! Second, this salad is amazing….so perfect for busy weeknights and I love that it’s healthy for my family.

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