Mango Chicken Quinoa Salad

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  • Chicken quinoa salad with juicy mango and chunks of rich avocado is the perfect light meal or side dish to make this summer.

    If you are looking for quinoa recipes with chicken, you’ve got to give this salad a try. Some of my other favorite quinoa recipes to try are chicken fajita bowls, southwest quinoa salad, stuffed bell peppers with quinoa and pomegranate salad with quinoa.

    chicken quinoa salad with mango, lime and cilantro in white bowl

    Mango quinoa salad

    Last month I shared this healthy berry almond chopped salad. It still makes a regular appearance at our house, but these days I’ve been really into quinoa recipes with chicken—in particular, I’m crazy about this mango chicken quinoa salad! It’s perfect for a light lunch, dinner, or any gathering.

    Whenever I bring this chicken quinoa salad to a potluck or summer bbq, people always ask for the recipe and I go home with an empty bowl. It’s full of healthy protein and greens, topped with an irresistible tangy and sweet honey-lime dressing.

    This is one salad that even my kids enjoy. It’s easy to make it kid-friendly—if there is an ingredient your child doesn’t like, simply omit it before tossing the dressing into his or her salad plate. For example one of my children doesn’t love coconut, so I simply leave it out, make her bowl, then add coconut to the rest of the salad and serve to everyone else. Easy!

    mango quinoa salad with lime in bowl

    How to cut a mango

    This quinoa chicken salad is also loaded with one of my favorite fruits of summer–mango! However, if you haven’t cut a mango before, the process can seem a bit daunting, but I assure you it isn’t. In fact, here is an entire post showing how to cut a mango the easy way!

    How to cook quinoa

    Quinoa is certainly a rising star in the culinary world these days, and for good reason. It is a naturally gluten free grain that is often referred to as a superfood. Quinoa has more protein than any other grain and is also high in fiber, potassium, and iron.

    Wondering how to cook quinoa and nail quinoa recipes with chicken? It’s simple!

    • Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh colander to remove any bitterness
    • Add one part quinoa to two parts water with a dash of salt, then bring water to a boil
    • Decrease boil to a steady simmer until all the water is absorbed—about 10 minutes for this recipe
    • Remove the pot from heat and let quinoa sit in the pot with the lid on for 2-3 minutes
    • Fluff with a fork and enjoy

    quino, avocado, chicken, mango, cilantro and onion in a bowl

    What goes into this quinoa mango recipe?

    Chicken: Use white or dark meat (or a combination) and shred the meat or cut the chicken into cubes.

    Quinoa: Cook quinoa according to the directions above, or simply grab a bag of frozen quinoa at the grocery store and heat it up. For this quinoa mango recipe, make sure the quinoa is at least slightly chilled before adding.

    Mango: The fruit adds that sweet juicy flavor that makes this mango quinoa salad so good! Cut it into cubes before adding to the salad.

    Avocado: This adds healthy fats and a creamy texture. Cut a ripe avocado into cubes and add.

    Green onions and cilantro: These finely chopped herbs add flavor and depth to the quinoa mango recipe, however, you can omit if you don’t care for either (or both).

    Sweetened coconut flakes: Coconut flakes level up the topical flavor of this salad and add a touch of sweetness. If you don’t like coconut, you can leave this ingredient out.

    Dressing: This mango quinoa salad has an awesome dressing that is super easy to make. It only requires three ingredients: olive oil, fresh squeezed lime juice, and honey. Add the dressing ingredients to a mason jar with a lid, then shake and you’re done.

    mango quinoa salad vinaigrette in glass bowl

    How to make chicken quinoa salad with mango

    This is one of the easiest chicken quinoa salad recipes ever. To make it, combine all your ingredients, toss with your dressing and let chill 1-2 hours then serve. It’s that simple. Totally fail-proof!

    chicken quinoa salad with mango, lime and cilantro

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    Mango Chicken Quinoa Salad

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chicken quinoa salad, Mango Chicken Quinoa Salad, mango quinoa salad, quinoa recipes with chicken
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Refrigerate: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 143
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Chicken quinoa salad with juicy mango and chunks of rich avocado is the perfect light meal or side dish to make this summer.

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups cooked quinoa
    • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken , shredded or cubed
    • 1 1/2 cups mango , diced
    • 1/2 of a large avocado , diced
    • 2 Tablespoons cilantro , chopped
    • 1 Tablespoon green onion , chopped
    • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
    • 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Toss quinoa, chicken, mango, avocado, cilantro, onion and shredded coconut together in a large bowl.
    • In a small jar or container, whisk together the olive oil, fresh lime juice and honey. Pour over salad and toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    • Chill for 1-2 hours before serving. If desired, squeeze a little extra fresh lime juice prior to serving.

    Notes

    • Click here for tips on how to cut a mango the easy way.
     
    To cook quinoa:
    • Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh colander to remove any bitterness
    • Add one part quinoa to two parts water with a dash of salt, then bring water to a boil
    • Decrease boil to a steady simmer until all the water is absorbed—about 10 minutes for this recipe
    • Remove the pot from heat and let quinoa sit in the pot with the lid on for 2-3 minutes
    • Fluff with a fork and enjoy

    Nutrition

    Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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