IMG_7533It has been pretty unbearably hot here in upstate New York the past few days. The humidity makes the air feel like a wet blanket so making dinner in the evenings just seems impossible some nights. 

This Grilled Chicken Citrus Quinoa Salad is a completely make-ahead meal. Mix everything together, pop it in the fridge and chill it until you’re ready to eat. It’s filling, while being healthy and light. I originally started with this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but made some changes. I highly recommend marinating the chicken a day ahead of time. Sometimes boneless, skinless chicken breast can be pretty bland, but soaking it overnight in lime and cilantro then throwing it on the grill made it really flavorful and tender. Also, don’t skimp on the dressing when mixing it with the quinoa. It’ll soak it up pretty quickly so before you put the completed salad in the fridge, you almost want to over-wet it. 

Read on for the recipe.

Grilled Chicken Citrus Quinoa Salad
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  1. 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  2. 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  3. 1 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  4. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 2 tbsp. honey
  6. 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  7. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  8. 1 1/2 pound skinless boneless chicken breast (I used cutlets)
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt
  10. 2 large oranges, peeled, segmented and juiced
  11. 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  1. For the marinade, mix together 1/4 cup lime juice, 3 tbsp. chopped cilantro, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. honey and salt and pepper. Coat the chicken cutlets in the marinade and chill over night.
  2. Mix together the remaining lime juice, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil and honey. Set aside. Mix together quinoa, avocado and orange segments. Pour dressing over the quinoa. Mix together and refrigerate.
  3. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill. Grill the chicken breasts until cooked all the way through. The cutlets took just about 8 to 10 minutes. Once its done, take the chicken off the grill and let it rest a few minutes. Slice up the chicken on an angle and mix half of it the grilled chicken into the quinoa salad.
  4. Serve up the salad and top the salad with more grilled chicken.
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