Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon

by Marla on May 26, 2014 · 27 comments

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Howdy! I hope you are having a nice long weekend. Today (Memorial Day) we honor & pay great respect to those who have given there lives to serve & protect our beautiful land. A heartfelt & sincere thank you to our military & their loved ones.

Today (and everyday) I give thanks to them.

Here is a delicious & healthy Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon. An energetic meal to help fuel your day!

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com

There are so many of my favorite things are in this salad…

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com

It’s protein packed & super great for ya….not to mention full of flavor!

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Whether you off on a hiking adventure….looking for a great picnic dish, chillin with your family & friends.

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com

This is the perfect meal to satisfy. Simple to prepare too, which is always a bonus!

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com

We will be heading to some more Telluride MountainFilm events including the Closing Picnic & Awards Ceremony which is always a blast!

Celebrating the Red + White + Blue | FamilyFreshCooking.com #Telluride #Colorado

Enjoy your day with family & friends..be sure to try this quinoa asap!

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings (24 ounces)

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry Quinoa, cook according to package directions
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast, slice into bite sized pieces
  • 10 ounces Perfectly Baked Bacon crumbled into small pieces
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • Garlic Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Vegetable or Canola Oil for grill pan
  • 1 bunch Kale, cleaned, trimmed into small pieces, discard tough ribs
  • 1 cup canned Chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice

Method

  • Prepare & fluff quinoa with a fork. Transfer to a large serving bowl
  • Prepare bacon, crumble & set aside.
  • Heat a grill pan over medium high heat with some canola oil. Season chicken with garlic salt & pepper. Sauté shallots for a few minutes until fragrant. Carefully add chicken to the pan. Cook for a few minutes on each side, let each side brown. Toss with tongs a few times until chicken is cooked through.
  • Toss quinoa with the grilled chicken, bacon, chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and kale. Serve immediately. Season with more salt & pepper if needed.
  • This can be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container for a few days. This salad is great straight out of the fridge (chilled) too!
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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa May 26, 2014 at 6:56 am

A delicious salad! Great flavors and combination.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Marla May 26, 2014 at 7:04 am

Thank you so much Rosa!

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3 Christina @scaredy cat kitchen May 26, 2014 at 8:20 am

Thanks for linking to me! Your salad looks amazing!

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4 Matt Robinson May 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

LOVE the ingredients in this salad, Marla. It’s perfect for Summer!

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5 Marla May 27, 2014 at 7:24 am

Thanks so much Matt….would go well with those Strawberry Moscow Mules ;)

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6 naomi May 26, 2014 at 8:33 am

Great way to kickstart the week! Loving this power salad.

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7 Marla May 27, 2014 at 7:24 am

Thanks so much Naomi! Gotta love the power!

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8 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Perfect salad for summer parties, pinned!

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9 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

What a great salad! I made a quinoa salad today too. Great minds :) You know, trying to stay healthier so I can make room for more drinks :) Yours is fab & hope you and the family are enjoying the holiday! Great clicks as usual!

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10 Marla May 27, 2014 at 7:25 am

Hi Averie! We did have an amazing long weekend…hope y’all did as well. This salad was as fun to photograph as it was to eat! And yes….eating healthy & light certainly leaves more room for the cocktails ;)

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11 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet May 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Simply beautiful, Marla! I want to eat this every day! Pinned!

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12 Marla May 27, 2014 at 7:26 am

Thanks so much for the pin Anna! I could eat this every day too…craving now actually ;)

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13 Jenny Flake May 27, 2014 at 6:43 am

Salad perfection! Need to make this week for sure.

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14 Erin Nissen May 27, 2014 at 7:29 am

Marla,
I absolutely love the picture of the beautiful kids!!! We can’t wait to celebrate another 4th of July ~ in AMAZING Telluride!!

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15 Marla May 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

Erin, I had so much fun re-visiting that photo yesterday! It is sooooo beautiful of our babies. Amazing memories with fabulous friends in our beautiful town. In just over one month we get to do it all over again. Can’t wait for y’all to get here :)

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16 Julie @ Table for Two May 27, 2014 at 7:51 am

This dish is gorgeous. I LOVE the colors and the way you photographed it. It makes me want to reach into my screen and sneak a bite ;)

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17 kelley {mountain mama cooks} May 27, 2014 at 7:59 am

This is so my kind of dinner, Marla! Love the chickpeas and bacon!

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18 Marla May 27, 2014 at 11:36 am

Thanks Kelley! It’s awesome to have something so nutritious that tastes sooooo good!

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19 Aimee @ Simple Bites May 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

Love that this is packed with protein. I’d like to pack it on a picnic!

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20 Marla May 27, 2014 at 11:37 am

Would be a great picnic or lunchbox meal!

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21 Maria May 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Great summer salad!

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22 Heather Christo May 28, 2014 at 9:52 am

this is so seriously up my alley- I love the combo and am going to make this as soon as possible!

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23 Kalyn May 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Great salad Marla, I would love this!

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24 Kate May 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Hi – looks great – but where does the diced shallot come in?
Thanks! Kate

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25 Amanda June 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Just made this for dinner today, and it was absolutely delicious! Flavors meshed together so well, plus can’t go wrong with bacon. :) Thanks for the recipe!

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26 Marla June 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Thanks for stopping by to let me know that Amanda! So glad you enjoyed this recipe ~ and yes. One can never, ever go wrong with bacon ;)

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27 plasterers bristol July 7, 2014 at 8:19 am

This looks really tasty, thanks for sharing this recipe.

Simon

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