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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- 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
- 6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 2 tbsp grainy mustard
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 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.
- 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.
- Meanwhile, prepare dressing: In a small food processor or blender, blend dressing ingredients until smooth.
- 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.
- 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
- Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat Content 2 g