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Grilled Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad

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Grilled Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad made with cucumbers, feta, tomatoes and olives is perfect for the summer!

Chicken and quinoa salad made with cucumbers, feta, tomatoes and olives is perfect for summer!Grilled Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Great for lunch or dinner, and also packed with protein (20 grams!), not to mention tons of wonderful flavors. A few other favorite quinoa obsessions are Avocado Quinoa and Chickpea SaladBlack Bean Quinoa and Mango Salad and Quinoa Huevos Rancheros Bowl.

To make the grilled chicken extra flavorful, I like to marinate it overnight with lemon juice, garlic and fresh herbs like rosemary or oregano. This is great to bring to a potluck, to enjoy as a light meal. You can make the chicken and quinoa ahead if you wish, and mix everything together when you’re ready to eat.

Chicken and quinoa salad made with cucumbers, feta, tomatoes and olives is perfect for summer!
Chicken and quinoa salad made with cucumbers, feta, tomatoes and olives is perfect for summer!

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Grilled Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad

5 from 2 votes
Chicken and quinoa salad made with cucumbers, feta, tomatoes and olives is perfect for summer!
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Chicken and quinoa salad made with cucumbers, feta, tomatoes and olives is perfect for summer!
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 heaping cup


  • 16 oz skinless thin sliced chicken cutlets
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or oregano
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cucumber, peeled and diced (from 1 English)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste


  • Rinse quinoa for about 2 minutes, using your hands to make sure all the saponins are removed.
  • Fill a medium pot with water, add quinoa and salt to taste and bring to a boil.
  • When the water boils, reduce heat to low and cover; simmer covered 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and keep covered an additional 5 minutes without lifting the lid; then fluff with a fork and set aside in a large mixing bowl to cool.
  • Meanwhile, season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, garlic and rosemary.
  • Drizzle both sides with the lemon juice and 1 teaspoon olive oil and pat into the meat with your fingertips.
  • Refrigerate 20 minutes while you prepare the grill.
  • Preheat the grill on high heat, clean the grates and oil them to prevent sticking (or use a grill pan indoors sprayed with oil).
  • Arrange the chicken on the grill and cook until cooked and firm, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, then slice into 1-inch pieces.
  • While the quinoa cools, dice all the vegetables.
  • To the large work bowl with the cooled quinoa, add the red onion, olives, cucumber and tomatoes to the cooled quinoa, and squeeze the lemon over it.
  • Drizzle the remaining tablespoon olive oil over the quinoa, then add grilled chicken, feta, salt and pepper to taste and toss well.
  • Taste for salt and adjust as needed, add more lemon juice if needed.

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Serving: 1 heaping cup, Calories: 180 kcal, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Protein: 20 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 1.7 g, Cholesterol: 7 mg, Sodium: 255 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g


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60 comments on “Grilled Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad”

  1. love this recipe. i have made the original Med Quinoa Salad for years- it’s always been a great summer staple for parties, if i need something vegan (leave out the feta) or just pacing the kitchen looking for something to eat straight from the fridge. Sometimes i would add chicken for a meal.

    i followed this revised recipe which decreased the quinoa and increased the lemon, it was perfect for the week. i cant wait to make it again. i add a few extra olives and a little more feta.

  2. My absolute favorite SkinnyTaste salad! Paired with a chicken breast or a couple of drumsticks, this is one of my favorite work lunches to prepare. I always add a little extra feta cheese to each serving of salad!

  3. This was delicious!!! Quick and super tasty! Thought there would be enough for lunch the next day but my hubby ate so much, we had just enough for a snack for the next day. Making double the recipe next time. Yum!!!!

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  7. Please correct the 3/4 cup of water.  My poor husband has been trying to cook the quinoa in that tiny amount of water for an hour now.  

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    Carol Garrett

    I marinated the chicken in italian dressing before cooking on my George Foreman grill. I also used tri colored quinoa. It looked so good as it was going together, I could hardly wait to taste it, and this recipe did not disappoint!

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    Steph Lynn Tank

    How long do you think this will last in the fridge? Hoping to make this for my lunch this week!

  10. I made this last night and my husband and I really enjoyed it. I was a bit skeptical because the last recipe I made off the website was bland, but this one was nice and light but still had flavor. I marinated the chicken for a few hours with rosemary, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. I also added green peppers to the salad (and no olives because we both hate olives!). Really enjoyed it.

  11. You said fill a medium pot with water. Is it supposed to be the 3/4 cup of water or fill the pot as with pasta or potatoes?

  12. Is the fiber content correct? It seems like it would have more than 1g of fiber. Looks delicious, though! I can't wait to try it!

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    Pinch of Lime

    I think I'm in love with this dish. I just recently started eating quinoa – which I find to be delicious – and this looks amazing!

  14. I'm not convinced to quinoa, it's tha bitter after taste that puts me off. Might try this salad, sounds like a lot of flavour.

  15. Great recipe. I like fresh salads in all seasons, especially in summer.

    I'll make it for sure. I think this salad will help even lose weight, as it's low-calorie and rich in fiber, isn't it?

  16. I made this for lunch today and brought it in to share with my coworkers – huge hit! Will definitely be making this more often. Thank you!

  17. This looks so good. Lots of recipes use feta and I do not like it AT ALL :). Is there a good sub for it?

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      Skinnytaste Gina

      You can leave it out or sub it with queso blanco if you want to keep a cheese in there.

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    Irene Gottlieb

    I buy Quinoa at Costco – Organic Earthly Delights – it is WASHED – it is a 4lb bag that costs approx between $8-$12 – less expensive than buying small packages in the supermarket. It will stay – the bag has a seal at the top – I also put it into another plastic bag.

  19. I really want to make this tonight… Lovely quinoa is one of the things I can eat and I have been looking for new ways to make it so its perfect going to share this one on my blog today.. with credit to you.. It looks so refreshing can't wait.. thanks .. Happy Friday with love Janice

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    Grilled anything – yes please! And what a lovely and colourful salad this is as well, I love quinoa, and the tips on marinating it with some lemon and garlic sounds great 😀 Thanks for sharing, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂 x

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    Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    I love quinoa salads but haven't yet made a Greek version. This looks so flavorful and delicious!

  22. Is the amount of chicken correct? That can't be 16 chicken breasts? If I want to use boneless skinless chicken breasts, approx. how many should I use?
    Thanks!! 🙂

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    Holly (2 Kids and Tired)

    I have never cooked with quinoa. I keep seeing so many yummy looking recipes that include it though. I need to remedy this situation!

  24. Great looking recipe. I always use your blog to help me with my weekly meal planning. Quick question: I have a sensitivity (or something…) to quinoa, as much as I love it, and have had to cut it out of my diet. Any suggestions on what I could replace it with in recipes like this?

    1. Most times a sensitivity to quinoa comes from a not washing it thoroughly before cooking – have you been doing this? Amaranth could be a viable substitute.