Chicken Salad with Quinoa, Tomatoes, Lemon and Basil

Prep Time 17 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Servings 13 cups


  • 1 3/4 cups Uncooked Quinoa
  • 3 cups Quartered Grape or Cherry Tomatoes about 1 1/2 pints
  • 1 6-ounce bag Baby Spinach, Chopped
  • 2 cups Diced Cooked Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 3/4 cup Coarsely Chopped Walnuts
  • 3/4 cup Shredded Parmesan
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons Lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper


  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions. After cooking, allow to cool, then fluff with a fork. (If serving as a warm, main-dish salad, allow to cool just enough that the basil and spinach won't wilt when added and the cheese won't melt.)
  • In a large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, tomatoes, spinach, chicken, basil, walnuts, parmesan, and garlic. Stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Pour over quinoa mixture and stir thoroughly to combine.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, until serving.
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