This shop for Southwest Chicken Quinoa Salad has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlockPartyHero #CollectiveBias Treat the guests at your next summer outing to this delicious Southwest Chicken Quinoa Salad full of tender chicken, organic quinoa and plenty of southwest flavors! Top with my Mole Vinaigrette for even more smoky flavor.
Southwest Chicken Quinoa Salad
My childhood summers were about gathering the neighborhood together for big family cookouts. We would build a big bonfire that attracted friends from blocks away. People would show up with food to share, looking for conversation and a little relaxation. [bctt tweet=”Southwest Chicken Quinoa Salad #fresh #real #food” username=”thyme4cocktails”] Earlier this year we moved into a new neighborhood that is very social so Paul and I have been entertaining more than ever. There are only a few more weeks before the kid leaves for basic training and we are cramming as many memories into the summer as possible. Last weekend the neighbors invited several families on the block over for a summer cookout/potluck. I get a lot of good-humored pressure when it comes to cooking for block parties because everyone knows about the blog. My favorite part of being a foodie is dreaming up new recipe ideas but it can be a challenge sometimes. My best time for inspiration is when I am shopping, simply wandering the aisles waiting for my creative juices to flow. Saturday we stumbled across a Summer Block Party Event while stocking up on summer essentials like Swanson Broth at Sam’s Club. It was the first Saturday in weeks that Paul was home and it was nice to have him with me, we can get lost in that place!
The gals at the demo were a real hoot, chatting with us about the different products they were sharing. I don’t make many recipes with quinoa and they got me hooked on using truRoots Quinoa for my potluck dish that night. I like that it is Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. There is a simple timelessness to ancient grains I am excited to explore. truRoots was the perfect foundation for this Southwest Chicken Quinoa Salad and preparing it with Swanson Broth really enhances the flavor. It’s my go-to broth for recipes year round. When I spied the new Pace Organic Medium Salsa the whole recipe came together in my imagination. I grew up eating Pace salsa and it’s great to see they now have a Certified USDA Organic option. Cooking with salsa is a great way to add tons of flavor to dishes. The medium heat is just the right amount of kick this Southwest Chicken Quinoa Salad needs. And my Mole Vinaigrette adds a layer of smoky flavor. Leftover or rotisserie chicken is a great add in along with corn, black beans and bell peppers. All the other veggies and southwest flavor you need is already in the salsa! The salad was a real hit with the neighbors and we even met the new family who just moved in down the block! How will you be a #BlockPartyHero this summer? Enjoy~ Loriann
Southwest Chicken Quinoa Salad
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup medium salsa
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 16-ounce can low sodium black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 small green bell pepper diced
- Chopped cilantro
- Lime wedges for garnish
- Mole Vinaigrette
- Place chicken broth, salsa and quinoa in a medium sauce pan, bring to a low boil.
- Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.
- Stir in chicken, corn, beans and peppers.
- Top with cilantro, vinaigrette and a squeeze of lime.
- Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.