Quinoa, Chicken & Broccoli Salad with Roasted Lemon Dressing

Quinoa, Chicken & Broccoli Salad with Roasted Lemon Dressing

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2018

Roasting lemons mellows their tartness and creates a layer of caramelized flavor that pairs well with the raw broccoli and savory quinoa in this healthy chicken dinner salad. Even better, the chicken and lemons roast on one sheet pan, making cleanup a breeze.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt plus ¼ teaspoon, divided
  • 2 small lemons, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 8 ounces broccoli with stems (about 1 medium head)
  • ¼ cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint


  • Prep

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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place chicken on one side of a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with ⅛ teaspoon salt. Roast for 10 minutes. Place lemon slices on the other side of the baking sheet. Roast, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reaches 160°F and the lemons are browned, 7 to 9 minutes more.
  3. Meanwhile, bring broth and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
  4. Cut broccoli florets from the stems. Trim, peel and thinly slice the stems and chop the florets into bite-size pieces.
  5. Chop half of the lemon slices. Combine in a large bowl with vinegar, mustard and the remaining 3 tablespoons oil and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  6. Shred the chicken. Add the chicken, the remaining lemon slices, the broccoli, the quinoa, arugula, walnuts, cranberries and mint to the dressing; toss to combine.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 cups
  • Per serving: 481 calories; 26 g fat(3 g sat); 8 g fiber; 43 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; 66 mcg folate; 31 mg cholesterol; 19 g sugars; 12 g added sugars; 1,070 IU vitamin A; 63 mg vitamin C; 140 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 365 mg sodium; 584 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (105% daily value), Vitamin A (21% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 4½ fat, 1½ lean protein, 1 fruit, 1 starch, 1 vegetable

Reviews 1

January 19, 2019
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By: michelleaddy376
Delicious! Easy to make. My husband thought it was too lemony, but I like that amount of lemon. Will try it again with less.
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