Coconut Quinoa Basil Chicken Salad

Quinoa must be the new wonder food. It’s appearing world wide, in various restaurants and food blogs. I tasted it first at the Greenhouse in Perth City. It was sooo awesome. Seriously filling and I love its nutty taste. Packed fill with protein, I knew this would be fantastic to have in my meals.

Personally, I love the red quinoa better- it just seem to have more of a nutty flavour. I cooked it with some coconut milk and water. Tossed it with salad leaves, basil and mint. Topped with grilled chicken and tadah, a perfect spring salad for dinner.

I did toss some fish sauce through it, but really, with the coconut milk infused quinoa, there isn’t a need. It taste even better the next day for lunch.

Coconut Quinoa Basil Chicken Salad
1 cup of red quinoa
1 cup of water
1 cup of coconut milk

2 chicken breast- cut in half, season with olive oil and salt.
3 cups of salad leaves
1 bunch of mint
1 bunch of basil
1 red capsicum diced

2 tablespoon of fish sauce, 1/2 tsp of sugar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice
few red chilli chopped

Cook quinoa with water and coconut.

Grill chicken breast. Set aside. Toss everything with veges, chills and sauce. Serve!


11 thoughts on “Coconut Quinoa Basil Chicken Salad”

  1. i still havent cooked with quinoa yet but come to know about this grain alike from tigerfish’s blog. Your dish looks great here and thanks for sharing another idea of eating quinoa!


  2. this sounds like a superb idea – love the thai inspiration here! I recently got hooked onto the quinoa craze as well, and since I bought myself the tricolor mix, I’ve no idea how each color tastes like! Great to know that the red is the more with the nuttier flavor ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Sonia- You got to give it a go!Lena- it’s very easy and delicious!Jessica- thanks!Ching- u got to share some ideas with me ;)tigerfish- thank you! I learn from the best LOLnoobcook- I hope you do ;)Janine- tricolour?? I got to look out for that one.


  4. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains! (Though I guess it’s really a seed.) I love the coconut basil stir fry you made it with…such a perfect pairing!


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