After making the strawberry BBQ chicken club sandwiches with bacon, avocado and goat cheese I still had plenty of the roasted strawberry BBQ sauce leftover and I knew just what I wanted to make with it, a strawberry BBQ quinoa salad. I have been wanting to try making a BBQ chicken quinoa salad with black beans and corn for a while now but a strawberry BBQ quinoa salad suddenly sounded like a much better idea! I used a lot of the same flavours as in the strawberry BBQ chicken sandwich in this quinoa salad including the avocado, bacon and goat cheese since they worked so amazingly well together. I filled the quinoa salad out with baby spinach along with some green onions and cilantro. If you have the cooked chicken on hand, this salad is as easy to make as cooking the quinoa and throwing everything together and despite that it is so fantastically good!
What a perfect spring salad!
Use grilled strawberry BBQ chicken for the chicken for even more flavour.
All mixed up and ready to eat.
Strawberry BBQ Chicken Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Bacon, Avocado and Goat Cheese
A spinach and quinoa salad with sweet, spicy and smoky roasted strawberry BBQ chicken, fresh strawberries, cool and creamy avocado, tangy goat cheese and bacon.
- 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or diced
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup avocado
- 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
- 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup roasted strawberry BBQ sauce
- 2 green onions
- cilantro to taste
- Bring the water and quinoa to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and has absorbed the water, about 15 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
- Meanwhile, slice the strawberries, dice the avocado and slice the green onions.
- Mix everything and enjoy.
Note: Best enjoyed on the day that it was made.
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