Quinoa Salad with Chicken and Grapes

Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Chicken and Grapes

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes , Salads/Sides Dairy Free
For easy assembly, pick up a plain cooked rotisserie chicken at the store and dice it up for the salad. Be sure to check the ingredients first, though, as marinated chickens may contain gluten.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped


  • Put the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse it well, rubbing the quinoa between your fingers. Let the quinoa drain in the strainer.
  • Bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the quinoa and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and return to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until just tender, about 15 minutes. (When you life the lid, you'll notice a white spiral "tail" at the center of each grain, indicating doneness.) Fluff the quinoa with a fork or a spatula. Replace the lid and let the quinoa steam off the heat for 5 to 10 minutes longer. (You can make the quinoa up to 2 days ahead. Spread the quinoa out on a baking sheet to cool. Once cool, transfer the quinoa to a bowl or plastic bag and refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.)
  • In a small bowl, stir together the mustard, lime juice, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the black pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.
  • Combine the quinoa, chicken, grapes, and celery in a large bowl. Give the dressing a stir and then toss it gently with the salad. Serve at room temperature.


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  1. Janelle says:

    Love this! I recently read that the soapy or grassy taste from quinoa comes from the saponins and that rinsing it thoroughly or toasting it (which you should do anyway to remove dirt) will help reduce the taste. Have you heard this Laura?

    • laura says: (Author)

      Some quinoa comes already rinsed, but I really do feel like rinsing/toasting it reduces that taste a little bit. I do it out of habit at this point 🙂

  2. Laura Ford says:

    This has been a huge hit every time I serve it. I like that I can prepare everything ahead of time and then mix it together at the end.

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