Alea’s Asian Chicken Salad with Quinoa

I love Asian chicken Salad. It is second only to chocolate on my list of favorites. I enjoy trying new variations and often experiment with it at home. When I discovered quinoa while going through my pantry, I knew I had to try it in an Asian Chicken Salad. Quinoa, with its nutty flavor and crunchy texture, is a natural addition to Asian Chicken Salad. In this easy recipe, I used quinoa to replace both the nuts and the noodles that are often included in Asian Chicken Salad.

Fast and Easy Asian Chicken Salad recipe  (640x442)

I save money on quinoa by buying it from the bulk section. It  is fast and easy to prepare. You cook quinoa for 10 – 15 minutes or until the germ separates from the seed. The germ has a slight curl to it, so when you remove the lid and see lots of little curlicues, don’t panic.

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Asian Chicken Salad with Quinoa

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes (this also requires 2 hours of refrigeration to serve it chilled)


  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups julienned carrots
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 sweet pepper, diced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almond butter (or peanut butter or sunflower seed butter)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce ( I use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos to make this gf)
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice (or white grape juice)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Add quinoa and water to a pot. Cook over a medium-high flame until it reaches a boil. Lower flame, cover and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes or until germ separates from the seed.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, dice the vegetables and chicken.
  • In a glass bowl, combine almond butter and honey. Microwave for 20 seconds to soften the almond butter. Add the vinegar, juice, oil, ginger, and garlic powder. Use a whisk to thoroughly combine the ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots, peppers, onions, and quinoa. Toss to thoroughly combine.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to thoroughly coat.
  • Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours before serving.
  • Enjoy!


  1. kirsten says

    Sounds yummy! Do you add the chicken with the veggies and quinoa or marinate it with the dressing before adding it on top? Thanks!

  2. says

    I rarely marinate the chciken first, but I am sure it would be delicious. Instead I usually use leftover chicken that already has some flavor. Two of my favorite chciken recipes to repurpose the chicken for Asian Chicken Salad are: Orange Sesam Chicken:
    and Teriyaki Chicken:
    Leftover chicken from Sunday dinner works well too.

  3. Ellen says

    I was excited to find this quinoa alternative to Asian coleslaw. I used Trader Joe’s organic tricolor quinoa, which improved the color and looks of the results! The flavor and texture are excellent. We enjoyed it so much the first time that I am making it to take it to a potluck tomorrow! THANK YOU!


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