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Healthy Recipe For You and Your Loved Ones

Lemony Chicken Salad with Quinoa

INGREDIENTS 8 ounces baked Chicken breast ( or one can chickpeas, drained) 2 extra large handfuls baby arugula 1 1/2 – 2 cups cooked quinoa 1 avocado, sliced 1–2 scallions, sliced optional additions: scallions, oranges, sunflower sprouts, hemp seeds, any nut or seed

Creamy Basil Dressing: 1/2 cup basil (packed down tight, about 1 ounce) 2 fat garlic cloves zest from one medium lemon 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, more to taste 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper 1/8– 1/4 cup mayo or sour cream (optional) or sub plain yogurt, vegan mayo, vegan sour cream or cashew cream.


  • Make the Basil Dressing: Place basil, garlic and lemon zest and a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Pour in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and pulse to combine (don’t make it too smooth). Place in a bowl or jar and whisk in some sour cream if you want it creamy ( adjusting salt as needed). This will keep 4 days in the fridge.

  • Assemble salad. (You can keep all components separate if packing to take to work)

  • Toss arugula with quinoa and scallions and some dressing to lightly coat. Divide among two bowls. Add chicken and avocado and any nuts or seeds that you like. Spoon a little more dressing over the chicken and season the avocado with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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