Black quinoa salad
The bold colors of this dish match the bold flavors! This recipe is amazing if you have leftover chicken too!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add quinoa and 2 cups of water to a medium sized pot on high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Prepare a grill pan on high heat. Marinate chicken with 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic powder and half the salt and place on grill pan. Grill for 3 minutes per side. Remove and add mushrooms to the grill pan for 1-2 minutes, until golden.
  3. In a large serving dish add the remaining olive oil and salt. Add the vinegar, sesame oil and jam (or honey) and whisk well with a fork. Add quinoa and mix well.
  4. Place chicken, mushrooms, pomegranate and scallions (and cilantro if using) on top and mix only right before serve.
Recipe Notes

If you can’t find black quinoa you can use black rice, or regular quinoa – it will taste almost the same just not be as bold in color! If you want to serve this salad as a side dish or vegetarian option, feel free to leave out the chicken! Shimeji mushrooms are beautiful unique mushrooms that are intense in flavor only when cooked. If you cant find them then use any mushrooms instead!