Quinoa Salad with Greens and Smoked Chicken

I don’t have a real excuse for not blogging. I have been terribly lazy of late, coupled with pretty busy work days. Of course, I’m moving cities soon, so that’s always a hassle! 

I have been cooking a lot lately, mostly for some house parties we hosted recently, so this recipe is a detox recipe, from all such. 

I have been experimenting with different grains and cereals lately and have been experimenting a lot. Many such experiments have ended up in the rubbish bin, but some (such as this one) survived. So here goes.

You will need:
Quinoa: 1 cup

Water: 2 cups

French beans: 200 gms.

Baby spinach: 200 gms.

Smoked chicken: 200 gms. (Optional)

Lemon juice: 1 teaspoon

Balsamic vinegar: 1 tablespoon

Olive oil: 1 teaspoon

Regular cooking oil: 1 tablespoon

Palm sugar: A pinch

Pepper: to taste 

Salt: to taste 

Wash the quinoa. In a pot, boil the quinoa in two cups of water for 7 minutes. Add salt and the olive oil. Turn off the heat, cover it, and forget about it for at least 10-15 minutes.
Trim the edges of the French beans and slice the smoked chicken. 

In a frying pan, heat the cooking oil and fry the French beans and smoked chicken for about two minutes. Add the sugar and the baby spinach. Once it wilts slightly, turn off the heat.

Toss this is balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Fluff the quinoa with a fork. The entire water should have been soaked up by the quinoa. 

Serve by tossing the quinoa with the greens and chicken or serve the greens and chicken on a bed of quinoa.

Happy eating!!

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