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Healthy, Tasty, Simple: Orange Chicken Quinoa Salad

By September 1, 2022Recipes
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For those of us in Australia, this chicken quinoa salad is a fabulous summer dinner option – and if you’re on the flip-side of the planet, it can also be a wonderful way to add color to your winter nutrition. The zest from the orange is refreshing and gives it a lovely flavor. The quinoa makes the salad more filling.  And nutrient-wise, this is a perfect meal for after a workout.

Chicken Quinoa Salad

I used minimal ingredients, but you really can get creative and add in as many alternative vegetables as you would like and/or even change the fruit to mango and add some pistachios. I used the latter to make a salad for Christmas and it was a hit.

Chicken Quinoa Salad

Orange Chicken Quinoa Salad

The quinoa makes this salad filling and nutritious.N utrient-wise, this is a perfect meal for after a workout.

Category Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Holli Lawler


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 4 ounces shredded chicken
  • 1 orange peeled and sliced
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 serving baked squash or sweet potato cubed (optional)
  • Lemon juice and olive oil to taste (optional)


  1. Cook quinoa either on the stove or in microwave according to package instructions.
  2. Once quinoa is cooked and dried, then add all ingredients to a large bowl.
  3. For post-workout, add in a dollop of baked squash or sweet potato.

  4. Stir well and dish to serve.
  5. Dress with a little lemon juice and olive oil, if you like.

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Holli Lawler
Holli has been involved in health and fitness since the young age of six. She was a national- and international-level gymnast and competed until the age of eighteen. After that, she started working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer.

Holli’s goal is to help as many people as she can to be the best versions of themselves. She specializes in weight loss and helping people have a better lifestyle and relationship with food. She enjoys being creative with food and putting pictures on her Instagram to motivate people to be healthy. Holli believes food has a direct correlation with happiness - when you’re eating well, you function well and you feel your best.