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Lots-O-Protein Chicken Salad

by Lisa VanDyke

*Article originally featured in Run Utah Magazine Spring Edition 2018.  Click HERE to download Full PDF version of the Magazine.

This is a great dish that is fresh and filling, and can be served many ways. It packs a punch with lots of protein to keep you feeling satisfied as well as aid in muscle repair.

It is also a meal you can make with leftovers! Sometimes I will purposely cook an extra chicken breast for my Sunday meal in the crockpot, and save it for Monday’s chicken salad. Quinoa is a food that preserves well in the freezer, so I will often take one cup portions of this grain and freeze them in sandwich baggies for future meals. It thaws quickly and has no texture differences after freezing, the way that rice or pasta can.


1 chicken breast, cooked, cooled, and chopped

1 cup Quinoa

1 small avocado, cut in cubes

¼ cup  plain or greek yogurt

2 green onion stalks, chopped

2 T chopped fresh cilantro

Juice of half a lemon

Mix all ingredients. Don’t worry if the avocado mashes into the salad. It’s delicious that way! Serve on a bed of greens, with Wasa crackers, or rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla. Plan to use day of, or next day, as the avocado oxidizes.

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