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    Orange Jalapeño Quinoa Salad

    by Katie

    Orange Jalapeño Quinoa Salad

    With just a little kick, and a whole lot of flavor, this salad will have you coming back for more. The light and fresh citrus, satisfying quinoa, and intense jalapeño create a healthy dish, that will definitely satisfy. This nutrient packed dish will help you keep your energy up throughout the day.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 395 kcal

    Ingredients

    Quinoa

    • 1 cup dry quinoa
    • 1.5 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 onion
    • 1 clove or garlic
    • 1 bell pepper
    • 1 orange

    Dressing

    • 1 bunch cilantro
    • 1 jalapeño
    • 2 oranges
    • 1 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt

    Base

    • Mixed greens
    • Toppings
    • 2 chicken breasts
    • Salt and pepper
    • Green onion
    • 12 cherry tomatoes

    Instructions

    Quinoa

    1. In a small pot, add the quinoa and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then cover and set the burner on low. Simmer on low for 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender.
    2. While the quinoa is cooking, dice the onion and bell pepper, and mince the garlic. Juice the orange.
    3. Once the quinoa has finished cooking, heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add the vegetable oil to the pan. Saute the onion until lightly browned, then add the garlic, and bell pepper. Saute together for about one minute, then add the pot of quinoa and the orange juice. Transfer the ingredients into a cold bowl, and refrigerate to cool.

    Chicken

    1. Lightly salt the chicken on each side. Heat a stainless steel pan over high heat. When the pan is hot, sear the first surface of the chicken breast (no need for oil). Sear until a light crust has formed on the underside of the chicken (3-5 minutes). Flip the chicken, and reduce the temperature to medium. Cook until the chicken is cooked through.
    2. Once the chicken done transfer it to a plate, and cool in the refrigerator.

    Salad Dressing

    1. Deseed the jalapeño, and dice into small pieces. Roughly chop the cilantro. Add the jalapeño, cilantro, juice of two oranges, olive oil, and salt to a blender. Blend until there are no longer large chunks of jalapeño.

    Final Prep

    1. Chop the green onion and chicken.
    2. Place a layer of mixed greens at the bottom of the bowl. Layer the chicken on top, followed by the green onion. Place the tomatoes around the edge of the bowl.
    3. Just before serving, pour on the dressing and toss.

    Recipe Notes

    High in Fiber, Protein, B1, B3, B6, Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, and Zinc
    Carbs 43.81 g | Fiber 5.67 g | Fat 12.67 g | Protein 27.01 g

    Nutrition Facts
    Orange Jalapeño Quinoa Salad
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 395 Calories from Fat 114
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 12.67g 19%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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