Quinoa Chicken Salad with Lemon Balm Walnut Vinaigrette

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A wholesome quinoa salad with chicken breast leftover, bell pepper, and arugula tossed with a lemon balm walnut vinaigrette. It is quick and easy to make and equally good warm or cold.

Lemon Balm VinaigretteSalad
  • 1 Small shallot, minced
  • 2 tbsp Lemon balm leaves, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 80 ml Walnut oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 180 g Quinoa, soaked overnight
  • 180 ml Water
  • Sea salt
  • 180 g Chicken breast, cooked and diced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 handful Arugula leaves, chopped
  • Belgian endive to serve, optional
  1. Soak quinoa in plenty of fresh water overnight. When you are ready to cook the quinoa, strain the quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse well, until the water runs clear.
  2. Heat the water with a little sea salt in a medium saucepan. When the water comes to a boil, add in the soaked quinoa. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes. Stir and then leave uncovered for another 10 minutes.
  3. Mix all dressing ingredients except walnut oil together, then slowly blend in the oil. Mix well before serving.
  4. Place cooked quinoa, diced chicken breast, bell pepper and arugula in a salad bowl. Toss with the prepared vinaigrette. Serve over Belgian endive leaves if desired.

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 22/6/14 18:03

Tasty, healthy and summery! A great salad.



Beth 22/6/14 18:47

Such an elegant way to serve this salad! I love it.

Elisabeth Pregadio 22/6/14 20:39

Love the refreshing vinaigrette, and the yummy salad on the endive spears!

Alida 23/6/14 00:28

Oh this looks so fresh, send me this for lunch! I need to learn how to cook quinoa properly and you certainly master the art of cooking it to perfection. Bravo!

Mary 23/6/14 00:46

really delicious - a perfect dinner - I have so much lemon balm growing in my garden so this is perfect!

Sharon D 23/6/14 02:22

Oh, this looks really elegant, Angie. Am loving all the ingredients in there. It feels fresh and light!

Edith C 23/6/14 03:01

Red Quinoa is really expensive here. I tried once at a party and love it but unfournately, my family didn't. :(

Yours seriously look very appetizing, going to show to hub and see whether he will change his mind.

Jess Bakericious 23/6/14 05:52

I am putting on weight recently, I need some healthy salad seriously!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 23/6/14 06:52

I actually have lemon balm and it grows like crazy. Thanks for giving me something else to do with it!

Elzbieta Hester 23/6/14 07:22

Light, delicious and satisfying, Angie! Nice idea to serve it on the endive leaves...

ela h.
Gray Apron

Anonymous 23/6/14 08:26

I love this recipe Angie. I will keep it to try in the summer.
Have a beautiful week ahead.
:-) Mandy xo

Jasna Varcakovic 23/6/14 10:46

Your salad looks divine; I adore lemon balm smell!

Sokehah Cheah 23/6/14 12:10

I like the first picture.... so cool!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 23/6/14 12:35

What an elegant and healthy chicken salad. More often than not, chicken is in most of our luncheon salads.

Barbara 23/6/14 13:23

Nice, Angie. I love the presentation with endive.

Karen (Back Road Journal) 23/6/14 14:21

This sounds like a delicious salad and I loved the way you presented it served on the endive leaves.

Sweet Posy Dreams 23/6/14 14:39

Looks so good. It's interesting that you soak your quinoa overnight. I don't; I must buy some that is more processed or something.

Jeanette 23/6/14 15:19

I love the lemon balm and walnut oil in your salad vinaigrette - I'm sure it must be so fragrant!

Muna Kenny 23/6/14 15:39

What an elegant salad! Pass me some please :)

Gourmet Getaways 23/6/14 16:43

Great photography! At first glance, even if I didn't know what it was made of, I would it eat in an instant, lol! Thanks for sharing!

Gourmet Getaways

mjskit 23/6/14 16:46

So the trick to making good quinoa is soaking overnight? I'm going to have to try that because I've been able to making a tender quinoa yet. :) This is a great salad Angie and I especially love the dressing with the lemon balm. Perfect summer time meal!

Pilar. Cook and Spoon 23/6/14 17:30

I love that lemon vinaigrette. I think it is going to be the star of my saladas this summer.

Ann Low 23/6/14 17:41

Mmm... I need to have more healthy salad especially like yours :D Look refreshing and yummy!

Kelly 23/6/14 18:46

What a gorgeous salad Angie! The lemon balm vinaigrette sounds so good and I love how you served this with the endive leaves - such a tasty and healthy meal :)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com 23/6/14 19:03

Angie, this looks delicious and is tempting me to run out and buy a lemon balm plant for my garden. It would be a lovely addition!

Ivy 23/6/14 19:07

Love your photos and I know I would love this meal!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 23/6/14 21:28

Ohhh this looks so good! I bet the lemon balm really does come through on this dressing. Yum!

grace 23/6/14 22:17

fantastic vinaigrette! i really like this, angie, it's a great way to eat quinoa!

Cailee Joy 23/6/14 22:53

Wow!! This looks so nourishing! Healthy and fresh! YUM! :) Great recipe!! Hope that you are having a great week!!

tigerfish 23/6/14 23:06

Protein-packed healthy salad!

Cathleen 24/6/14 02:12

I really need to buy quinoa again! This looks amazing!

Ashley 24/6/14 02:21

Love how simple and easy this salad is - perfect for a summer weeknight meal!

The Yum List 24/6/14 02:37

I do enjoy a good quinoa salad, but your serving in endives really takes it up a notch.

Reeni 24/6/14 02:44

That is one delicious vinaigrette Angie! I think I could drink it! The salad is so tempting and beautiful.

Liz Berg 24/6/14 03:12

Your salad sounds amazing, Angie! I adore quinoa...and you've made it a meal!

Monica 24/6/14 03:43

Sounds great; I love that you can enjoy it warm or cold.

Esther Lau 24/6/14 06:18

Oh!This is awesome and refreshing! Love the lemon flavour...Yummy!

lisa h. 24/6/14 08:39

Super healthy chicken salad :D and very summery too :)

Katerina 24/6/14 08:54

A meal on its own! I love these types of salads that have protein as well!

Lite Home Bake 24/6/14 09:07

Hi Angie, you make the most interesting salads :) Lovely presentation!

Priscilla @ Homegrown Delight 24/6/14 09:21

That looks healthy! I love quinoa and I saw the red one at the store. I'm thinking about buying some but the organic quinoa is expensive. Your dish must be yummy! :)

Couscous & Consciousness 24/6/14 10:31

Gorgeous salad, Angie. It looks so light and refreshing, and so beautifully colourful too. I would love to tuck into a big bowl of that for lunch.

Finla 24/6/14 19:05

That is just beautiful and delicious.

Chris Scheuer 24/6/14 19:52

I never thought quinoa was that pretty but you make it look beautiful Angie!

Nippon Nin 24/6/14 20:52

I think I must got to store and search for walnut oil this afternoon. Lemon balm sound very interesting and the quinoa salad looks great!

Vicki Bensinger 24/6/14 23:50

What a lovely dish and a complete meal in one bowl. I love quinoa, not only is it a super grain but you can create so many wonderful recipes with it. Thanks for sharing. I like your vinaigrette.

Anonymous 25/6/14 01:51

Yummy! So healthy and delicious--I love it! The vinaigrette sounds delicious.

Balvinder Ubi 25/6/14 02:20

I have to try this soaking method. Does it cook faster?

Dawn Yucuis 25/6/14 03:15

Sounds delicious and nice and healthy. I love your pictures.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 25/6/14 04:18

This sounds like a delicious and filling salad, Angie. I am loving the healthy grains in salads too. I will have to see if I can still find a lemon balm plant to grow this summer.

noobcook 25/6/14 05:59

love this healthy and low fat salad!

Joanne 25/6/14 12:23

I've never heard of lemon balm leaves! I'm sure this salad is delicious!

Emma @ Fork and Good 25/6/14 13:07

Another beautiful salad, I made your sprouted chickpea one the other day and it was amazing. Another one for my list!

Kitchen Belleicious 25/6/14 16:06

i can;t find black quinoa for the life of me! Your chicken salad and quinoa look divine, fresh and a perfect meal in itself!

kitchen flavours 25/6/14 16:44

Hi Angie,
You make the prettiest salads! And it looks delicious too!

Ilke 25/6/14 18:59

Lemon balm leaves look like mint? I have tons in my grandma's garden (mint), I should prepare this with bulgur. Thanks for the lovely summer recipes, so nice :)

Anonymous 25/6/14 20:29

This is the sort of weekday dinner that we eat often! Lemon balm is in my garden so this is another way to use it up! Yummmm! Beautiufully presented too, Angie! x

eatgood4life.blogspot.com 25/6/14 21:44

Quinao is one of my favorite ingredients of all times. I need to start whipping some quinoa recipes soon :-)

Ami@naivecookcooks 25/6/14 22:37

Never heard of lemon balm leaves before!! Quinoa based recipes are my favorite!

Alida 26/6/14 12:48

This is a refined, healthy and delicious dish. It is perfect at this time of year too. Beautiful food Angie as always!

Amelia 26/6/14 13:47

Hi Angie, your salad and vinaigrette look so delightful. As usual very impressive presentation.

Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

Cheri Savory Spoon 26/6/14 15:22

What a beautiful salad, love your presentation it is stunning, also the lemon balm vinaigrette sounds drinkable.

cristina 26/6/14 16:35

I need to try quinoa, on my list this week! Luvin' that Lemon Balm Vinaigrette - a must try. So beautifully presented!!

Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes 26/6/14 16:59

I really don't think I could ever get sick of quinoa. I love it to death. This way of using it is really great and so fresh. I haven't had lemon balm since I was a little girl. I have to find some to plant in my garden.

Shibi Thomas 26/6/14 18:07

I love the red Quinoa. The salad must be very delicious with the lemon balm vinaigratte.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 26/6/14 19:25

I really love the Lemon Balm Vinaigrette you are using here, it could become a star in so many recipes!

Magda 26/6/14 20:51

Angie you will be my go to person when it comes to healthy recipes :) I need to eat more quinoa.

Natalie G 26/6/14 21:01

The dressing sounds so good, love walnut oil.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 26/6/14 21:25

Another gorgeous salad, love the soaked quinoa. And I have been on a crazy kaffir lime leaf kick, got to get my hands on lemon balm leaves.

Geraldine Saucier 27/6/14 02:06

Delicious salad. I love quinoa.

Jessica Hylton 27/6/14 03:20

I love quinoa in anything and this salad is no exception. It looks so yummy and I love the use of lemon balm!

Shu Han 27/6/14 14:45

That vinaigrette sounds amazing! What a great idea and combination- have never thought to combine lemon balm and walnut.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com 27/6/14 22:44

I'm always in awe with your creative dressings/vinaigrettes, Angie :)

Rebecca Subbiah 28/6/14 00:07

this looks great have a lovely weekend

Amy 28/6/14 01:37

Your salad looks amazing and refreshing. Love the way you serve them on endives. :)

Devaki 28/6/14 04:53

What a great salad! I love the mix of quinoa and chicken. you just raised the bar on summer salads dearie :)

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Roz Corieri Paige 28/6/14 16:14

Love this salad Angie! The vinaigrette is perfect! And what a super idea for serving and/or dipping the salad! A true winner!

fimère .b 28/6/14 18:24

une belle salade bien fraîche et joliment présentée bravo
bon week-end

Debra Eliotseats 29/6/14 14:51

Lemon balm is one of the few herbs I don't have in the garden. I love the quinoa chicken salad!!!! Perfect for summer!

Kathy 30/6/14 03:13

Love this salad…sounds heavenly! The dressing sounds luscious with lemon balm and walnut oil.

Von 1/7/14 08:42

I recently tried quinoa for the first time and loved it- this looks like a great way of cooking it! The dressing sounds so good!

Sarah 1/7/14 16:19

I love quinoa! This looks delicious, healthy but so good as well!

The Duo Dishes 2/7/14 17:12

The salad looks beautiful in endive leaves. Great for summer!

Terra 3/7/14 02:05

Love this salad, a perfect Summer salad. The vinaigrette sounds so refreshing! Hugs, Terra

plasterers bristol 7/7/14 17:16

This looks really tasty, thanks for sharing this recipe.


Asmita 10/7/14 17:31

That's what I love about the food you prepare. It's healthy, delicious and also looks fantastic!


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