BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

Lunch time got you in a rut?  Me too.. Until today.  I came across this recipe and I couldn’t bring myself to change it one bit.  I contemplated adding in some tomato for color.. skipping out on the additional green onions.. but what am I thinking?  This is perfect as is.  Perfect for lunch or a light dinner, it will not dissapoint. 

My fireman requests me to make this time and time again- so I oblige, mainly because I love this simple salad, too. 

And then partly because I love him, a little. 

Most of the time I pride myself on being  creative and diligent as those bloggers that take pictures after each step during the cooking process (read The Pioneer Woman.. the amazing, talent she is). 

This isn’t one of those times. 

Adapted from What’s Gaby Cooking 

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups each

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad


  • 2 cup cooked quinoa (I had red on hand, so thats what I used- traditional works!)
  • 3/4 cup canned corn, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded BBQ chicken
  • 3/4 cup cubed avocado
  • 1/2 cup (2-ounces) White Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish


In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa, corn, black beans, chicken and avocado. Season with salt and pepper

Transfer mixture onto a bowl and top with shredded cheese, BBQ sauce, scallions, and cilantro.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information:

399 calories; Fat 12 g; Carbohydrate 53 g; Fiber 10 g; Protein 25 g


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