Warm Chicken & Grains Salad with Pears & Blue Cheese

This hearty, warm salad featuring quinoa and millet makes a nutritious dinner or lunch.
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  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup millet, rinsed
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 oz baby spinach
  • 1 Bartlett pear, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 oz blue cheese, crumbled

DRESSING

  • 6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbsp grainy mustard
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

Preparation

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 2 1⁄4 cups water, quinoa and millet to a boil. Stir once, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, until water is absorbed and grains are soft. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Arrange 1 oven rack in highest position and preheat broiler to high. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and mist with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, lemon juice, rosemary, oil and pepper. Rub mixture onto chicken and transfer to 12 minutes, until no longer pink inside and juices run clear. Transfer to a cutting board, let cool slightly and slice thinly against the grain.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare dressing: In a small food processor or blender, blend dressing ingredients until smooth.
  4. Transfer grains to a large bowl. Add spinach and dressing and toss until spinach is lightly wilted and dressing is incorporated. Fold in pear and scallions. Divide among serving plates and top with chicken and cheese.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 c grain mixture, 3 oz chicken, 1/2 oz cheese
  • Calories: 462
  • Carbohydrate Content: 56 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 76 mg
  • Fat Content: 10 g
  • Fiber Content: 8 g
  • Protein Content: 37 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 4 g
  • Sodium Content: 447 mg
  • Sugar Content: 13 g
  • Trans Fat Content: 2 g