Serve A High-Protein-Packed Healthy Salad

May 19, 2020

A salad can fill an empty stomach for nearly any purpose, from an alfresco snack to a family appetizer. When combined with protein like chicken, a salad can become a full, nutritious meal all on its own.

If you’re looking for a way to take your salad from snack or side to a savory main course, consider this High-Protein Chicken, Onion, and Quinoa Salad with its own handmade dressing. Ready in less than 30 minutes, it calls for a handful of everyday ingredients including sauteed onions as a key ingredient for added flavor.

In fact, onions can be called nature’s ninja because of their many “skills.” Onions add abundant flavor to a wide variety of foods with just 45 calories per serving as a source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and other key nutrients such as folate, calcium, and iron. They are also rich in heart-healthy nutrients and have been shown to help prevent some cancers.

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High-Protein Chicken, Onion and Quinoa Salad

  • Recipe courtesy of the National Onion Association
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 6

Dressing:

  • 1/4       cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon honey
  • 1          teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2    cups red quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 1/2    cups vegetable broth
  • 1          teaspoon canola oil
  • 1          white onion, sliced
  • 3          cups baby kale
  • 1          red skinned apple, chopped
  • 2          cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper

To make dressing: In bowl, whisk vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, honey and Dijon mustard until well combined. Set aside.


In saucepan, bring quinoa and broth to boil. Simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes, or until broth has been absorbed. Cool completely.

In medium skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Saute onion 3-5 minutes, or until softened and translucent. Remove from heat; cool completely.

In large bowl, toss onion, kale, apple, chicken, salt and pepper with dressing. Stir in cooled quinoa.

Nutritional information per serving: 407 calories, 36.5 g protein, 11.6 g fat, 39 g carbohydrates, 297 mg sodium, 4.2 g fiber.


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