Chicken Quinoa Harvest Salad

Chicken Quinoa Harvest Salad

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 589 kcal

With a tangy, homemade vinaigrette, moist chicken breast, crunchy apples and dried cranberries, this is an easy way to stick to your resolutions!



  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon tarragon dried, crumbled
  • 4 cups mixed greens or lettuce leaves, torn
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 apple sliced into wedges or cut into chunks

For the dressing

  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain dijon mustard also called pommery mustard -- w/ whole mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chardonnay
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and tarragon. Heat oil in a small ovenproof skillet over medium high heat. When pan is very hot, add the chicken and sear for 1-2 minutes on each side, until it starts to brown. Transfer the pan to the hot oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest on a cutting board.

Make the dressing

  1. In a small bowl or glass measuring cup combine the garlic, whole grain mustard, dijon mustard, champagne vinegar, chardonnay, honey, dried tarragon, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. For the salad, combine the lettuce, quinoa and apples in a large bowl. Slice the chicken crosswise and rest it on top of the salad. Sprinkle with cranberries and almonds. Drizzle about 4-5 tablespoons of dressing over the salad and serve.

Recipe Notes

Note: This makes slightly more than a cup of dressing and you won't need that much for the salad. It keeps well stored in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for about a week.
Salad can be doubled, tripled.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Quinoa Harvest Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 589 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1019mg 42%
Potassium 846mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 90g 30%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 23g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 28.2%
Calcium 10.4%
Iron 31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.