Mango Chicken Quinoa Salad {Hello Summer}

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Hello Nap Time readers! And heeellloo summer! I hope your summer is off to a great start! I’m Kristy from Sweet Treats & More and I’m back today with another great summer salad for you.  Last month I shared this healthy Berry Almond Chopped Salad.  It still makes a regular appearance at our house, but now I’m crazy about this Mango Chicken Quinoa Salad!  It’s perfect for a light lunch, along side dinner, or perfect for a summer barbecue!

It’s packed with protein and loaded with one of my favorite fruits of summer–mango!!  Isn’t she pretty?
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Cooked quinoa, chunks of juicy mango, chicken, avocado, green onion, cilantro, and sweetened shredded coconut all get tossed together with a Honey-Lime Olive Oil dressing.  Really, the dressing is just three ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, fresh squeezed lime juice, and honey.  Easy peasy, and healthy! I think this salad is best served chilled, after the flavors have really melded together.

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Quick prep tip: Keep a bunch of cooked quinoa and cooked chicken on hand so you can toss this salad (or a similar one) together in minutes!  Quinoa is all the rage right now, and you can pretty much toss anything in it to make a salad.

Mango Chicken Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
  • 1 1/2 cup diced mango
  • 1/2 of a large avocado, diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbs chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Toss quinoa, chicken, mango, avocado, cilantro, onion, and shredded coconut together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small jar or container whisk together olive oil, fresh lime juice, honey. Pour over salad and toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.
  3. Squeeze a little extra fresh lime juice before serving if desired.
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Come say hello and check out some of my summer time favorite eats! You’ll love this Skinny Cake Batter Dip, these Blue Cheese & Cheddar Sweet Potato Rounds, & these fresh and tasty Pineapple Lime Yogurt Popsicles.

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Hi there! I’m Kristy, a wife, mom to two little boys, runner, and just a girl that loves good food. I love cooking and baking for family and friends and love the memories that accompany good food. You may have already noticed–but I kind of have a thing for sweets, especially chocolate and peanut butter. I like to keep things simple in the kitchen- simple meals and desserts using simple ingredients. I try to make healthy meals for my growing little family, but we always save room for a little dessert.

THANKS Kristy for sharing this fun project during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

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Comments

  1. Gwen posted on June 28, 2013 at 11:34 am (#
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    YUM! As a gluten-free fam, we love quinoa and this look amazing!

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    • Jamielyn replied on June 28th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks for commenting. My family loves quinoa too! :)

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  2. Hila posted on July 4, 2013 at 8:11 am (#
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    Thank you! Can not stop eating the salad; it’s delicious.

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    • Jamielyn replied on July 4th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Kristi did a great job, such a delicious recipe! :)

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