Quinoa Chicken Salad With Orange Balsamic Dressing

by Tenina Holder

Its no secret if you follow me at all that I just love fruit in a salad. I have been a bit busy (and I hope you know why!!) and so haven’t written up a recipe in a week or so. Today was scorching hot in Perth and salad was the only option. Quick, painless, not a lot of heat involved and very filling. Gotta love that quinoa…My hungry son couldn’t finish a plate of this in its entirety…I have found the answer at long last, to hollow teenage legs. I was going to say this feeds around 4-5 adults…but I have revised it and think we could go 5-7…or 4-6 with lunch the next day. Enjoy!


  • 120 g quinoa
  • 1 Litre water
  • 2 - 3 chicken breast fillets
  • Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO as needed BUY
  • 1 Handful spring onions/ shallots
  • 1 Handful basil
  • 1 Handful parsley
  • 1 Handful mint leaves
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 2 stalks of celery, cut on an angle
  • 1 Handful dried cherries or craisins
  • 1 Handful pine nuts, toasted
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Salad greens of choice
  • 1 tin of chick peas, drained
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • Orange Balsamic Dressing
  • 1 orange, zest, finely grated
  • 1 orange, juice
  • 40 g balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 80 g Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO BUY



Place quinoa into simmering basket and water into Thermomix bowl. Insert basket and steam 15 min/100ºC/speed 3.


Set aside to cool.


Char grill chicken breast fillets on a grill pan, brushed with EVOO and on an extremely high heat. You could use a BBQ for this or induction max. Cover pan, turn heat down and allow chicken to finish cooking right through. Set aside to rest before slicing into pieces.


Place spring onions/shallots, herbs and spices into Thermomix bowl and chop 2 sec/speed 7.


Add celery and steamed quinoa and stir through 4 sec/Reverse + speed 2.


Place all ingredients except chicken into large salad bowl while you make the dressing.


To make dressing place all ingredients into Thermomix bowl and blend 10 sec/speed 10.


Toss through salad and serve immediately with chicken slices on top.

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