Chicken and Quinoa Salad with Roasted Chiles

A mound of roasted pepper strips, quinoa, chicken, cilantro, and pine nuts fill lettuce shells for this delectable main dish recipe.

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Makes:
4 servings
Prep:
45 mins
Cook:
25 mins
Roast:
20 mins 425°F
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Chicken and Quinoa Salad with Roasted Chiles

Ingredients
8
ounces fresh Anaheim chile peppers, poblano chile peppers, banana chile peppers, and/or red sweet peppers
1
cup quinoa
1
cup water
3
tablespoons lime juice
2
tablespoons olive oil
2
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
8
ounces shredded cooked chicken or cooked pork
1/2
cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2
cup sliced green onions (4)
1/3
cup pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted
 
Bibb or Boston Lettuce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with foil; set aside. Halve peppers lengthwise. Remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Place pepper halves, cut sides down, on the prepared baking sheet. Roast peppers in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until skins are blistered and dark. Carefully fold foil up and around pepper halves to enclose; let stand about 15 minutes. Use a sharp knife to loosen the edges of the skins; gently and slowly pull off the skin in strips. Discard skins. Cut peppers into bite-size strips. Set aside.
  2. In a fine-mesh sieve thoroughly rinse the quinoa with cold water. In a medium saucepan combine quinoa and the 1 cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Uncover and let stand about 30 minutes.
  3. For dressing, in a small screw-top jar combine lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Cover and shake well to combine.
  4. In a large bowl combine roasted pepper strips, qinoa, chicken, cilantro, green onion, pine nuts. Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Line serving plates with lettuce. Top with quinoa mixture. Serve salad at room temperature. Makes 4 or 5 main-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Chicken and Quinoa Salad with Roasted Chiles)
    Per serving:
  • 454 kcal cal.,
  • 22 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 50 mg chol.,
  • 220 mg sodium,
  • 43 g carb.,
  • 5 g fiber,
  • 26 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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