Chicken Quinoa Salad with Orange, Pumpkin & Feta

This Chicken Quinoa Salad is absolutely bursting with fresh flavours! Packed with Orange, Pumpkin, Feta and Avocado it is so light and zesty!

Spring is finally here and I’m so thrilled that I could do a little happy dance. Well I could do that, but I promise I won’t, because no-one needs to see me dancing around (trust me on that one)!! Anyway, my favourite part of Spring (and Summer for that matter) is that it’s the perfect time to have a play with all of the yummy, fresh produce that’s around at the moment and whip up some light new salads that are so crazy-good, even the salad haters will come running.

Chicken Quinoa Salad with Orange, Pumpkin & Feta

In our house, we often have salad for dinner when the weather warms up (perhaps I’m subconsciously trying to make up for my chocolate cake eating habit??). And with all the amazing ingredients around, there’s no reason that your salads can’t be a full meal. I like my salads to be PACKED with yummy flavours and full of delicious vegetables, meats and nuts that keep you full for hours. And I’ve always been a fan of using fruit in my salads too. One of my favourite salads is made with rocket, pear and parmesan. So simple and yet ridiculously good. I just love the way that fruit gives a salad an extra big kick in the light and fresh department.

Chicken Quinoa Salad with Orange, Pumpkin & Feta

The perfect Chicken Quinoa Salad with Orange, Pumpkin & Feta…

In this salad the chicken and quinoa will fill you up, while the pumpkin, avocado, feta and baby spinach add just the most beautiful flavours. And of course those big, juicy oranges will make your salad so light and zingy! The dressing is just so fresh and lovely too. It’s made with lime and orange juice, with a tiny bit of honey and a splash of olive oil, so you know it’s going to be beautiful and light. There’s definitely nothing heavy about this salad! Mmm if a salad could taste like sunshine, this salad would totally be it.

If you’re like me and starting to get back into having BBQs, then why not cook the chicken on the grill and then add it to the salad. Easy peasy – and we all know that for some strange reason, everything tastes better on a BBQ!

Chicken Quinoa Salad with Orange, Pumpkin & Feta

I’ve made my Chicken Quinoa Salad so many times I couldn’t even count and each time I’ve changed the ingredients around slightly. And finally I think I’ve come up with the perfect combination! Oh and I can tell you from personal experience that this salad is best consumed sitting outside on a hot night with a glass of wine and good company!

Chicken Quinoa Salad with Orange, Pumpkin & Feta

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Chicken Quinoa Salad with Orange, Pumpkin & Feta

This Chicken Quinoa Salad is absolutely bursting with fresh flavours! Packed with Orange, Pumpkin, Feta and Avocado it is so light and zesty!
Course Light Meals, Lunch, Salads, Side Dish
Cuisine Healthy, Lunch, Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 -3
Author Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large chicken breast fillet chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic or 2 tsp minced garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large oranges peeled and segmented
  • 1 ripe avocado peeled and cubed
  • 50 g feta chopped
  • 150 g pumpkin roasted
  • 50 g baby spinach or rocket
  • DRESSING
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Roast pumpkin in a 200 degree celsius oven until just soft.
  3. Transfer cooked quinoa to a large bowl and let cool.
  4. Pour olive oil into a large frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Add chicken and garlic, stirring it all around to coat with oil.
  6. Sprinkle with paprika and salt.
  7. Stir and cook until chicken is cooked through.
  8. Add cooked chicken, oranges, feta, baby spinach/rocket, pumpkin and avocado to the quinoa.
  9. Stir to combine.
  10. Set aside.
  11. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together.
  12. Pour over salad and toss to coat everything evenly.
  13. Serve immediately.

 

27 thoughts on “Chicken Quinoa Salad with Orange, Pumpkin & Feta”

  1. Oh that looks delicious!

    I love salads like these – they make healthy eating so much fun!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      I agree! They really are a full meal 🙂

  2. This looks looks yummy! I like eating quinoa, but have never made it at home. Does it take long to cook?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Steph, it depends on the brand but generally about 25-30 mins. It’s really easy though – just pop it on and pretty much leave it with a couple of stirs here and there!

  3. This looks amazing! I’m a big fan of salads during the warmer months too (I’m with you, it makes up for all of the chocolate) and I can’t wait to try this x

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hehehe yes even us chocoholics need a break sometimes!

  4. I love the look of this!! Can’t wait to try it out! Knowing how much the older 2 kidlets enjoy their oranges I think they will be joing me too. Thanks Lucy always great to have a new salad to take to a BBQ! xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Yes absolutely!!! The kids will love it! 🙂

  5. This is one of my favorite salads. Hot or cold it’s great! There’s nothing like roasted pumpkin is there?
    I have not put avocado in before so I’ll be giving that a whirl. I’m looking forward to the salad weather!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Yes roasted pumpkin is the best!!! 🙂

  6. Absolutely divine, Lucy! I love all these flavours and am just imagining it now. Will definitely be adding these ingredients to my grocery list.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks Eva. I hope you love it! xx

  7. I love the combination of roasted pumpkin and feta! YUM!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Why thank you – I do love that combo!

  8. I’m not a fan of citrus in salad but this looks yummo, anything with feta and I’m SOLD! Em – also visiting as part of #teamIBOT x

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Yes anything with feta has me sold too! xx

  9. It looks delicious and packed with nutrients!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thank you so much 🙂

  10. Oh I need some good heart salad’s for Boatman to take to work in summer. I’m pretty boring personally with salad, but he would love this.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha I’m sure you are in no way, shape or form boring Jess! xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha thanks!! xx

  11. Hope says:

    Now this right here, is definitely my kind of food. And most importantly, my kind of cooking. It’s the best part about the warmer months – lots of meals like this. So fresh and healthy with quality produce. Pinning this for a long lazy weekend picnic lunch. xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Glad you liked it!! xx

  12. Anne says:

    Anything with orange and feta in it would have to be delicious – this is awfully healthy looking for you Lucy but would be perfect for those summer days coming up.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh I know Anne!!! It’s what the warmer weather does to me I think! xx

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