Arugula, Beet, and Chicken Quinoa Salad

So it’s Wednesday today, which means two things:

1. It’s half way through the week.
2. It’s the day before my 3 days of madness start, involving a paper, a presentation, and an exam.

As a busy student, my best tactic for these hectic weeks is meal prep on weekends. This past Sunday I got ready for the week by making a  big batch of one of my favourite salads so that I can have leftovers for the next few days. Between this and some leftover chili I have in the fridge, I probably won’t have to cook at all, which means more time for studying!

This arugula, beet, and chicken quinoa salad is one of my favourite batch meals to make because it has all the components of a healthy meal: protein, vegetables, and whole grains! And most importantly, it’s delicious. The tangy feta is the perfect complement for the sweetness of the beets and balsamic vinegar, but I’ve also tried it with other cheeses like goats cheese, Applewood smoked cheddar, and gouda – and those all work just as well. Sometimes I’ll also throw in parsley, dried cranberries, or toasted almonds. The beauty of this salad is that it’s so easy to play around with and switch up the flavours!

This arugula, beet, and chicken quinoa salad with feta and balsamic vinaigrette is a healthy one dish meal that is great for leftover weekday lunches!

Arugula, Beet, and Chicken Quinoa Salad
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This arugula, beet, and chicken quinoa salad with feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette is a healthy one dish meal that is great for leftover weekday lunches!
Yield: 4 servings
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 grilled or baked boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 10-12 small roasted and diced beets
  • 6 cups arugula
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup aged balsamic vinegar*
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Optional: ½ cup chopped parsley, ¼ cup chopped almonds
  1. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and optional honey. Whisk and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the cooked quinoa, diced chicken breasts, diced beets, arugula and feta cheese (note: this salad tastes better if all the items are precooked and cooled ahead of time).
  3. Add the dressing and stir to combine.
*If you don't have a good quality balsamic vinegar, add a bit of honey to the dressing

This arugula, beet, and chicken quinoa salad with feta and balsamic vinaigrette is a healthy one dish meal that is great for leftover weekday lunches!

And now I’ve got to get back to studying, so I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

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23 Responses to Arugula, Beet, and Chicken Quinoa Salad

  1. while i have enjoyed a couple pumpkin spice lattes this season, but all time favorite is vanilla! can't go wrong!

  2. I've been dying to try that pumpkin chocolate chip bread! Looks amazing. I have to say I love a pumpkin spice latte. I'm all about the pumpkin ;)

  3. It is 8:30 a.m. and you've got me craving baked sweet potatoes & sesame tofu. Sounds great :)

  4. Good luck with all of your upcoming school stuff, hun! You're gonna rock it, so try not to stress too much :) And I know what you mean about the pumpkin spice latte… I wasn't really too impressed either, and couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. When it comes to my lattes, I usually just get them unflavored because I actually enjoy the taste of coffee, but if I need a little something different then I get vanilla… I find that has the least artificial taste. And if you find them too sweet, you can always ask for them half-sweet – it helps a little bit :)

  5. Good luck with all your upcoming papers & exams. You poor thing! You may be stressed at the moment, but hey all of your meals look delicious!

  6. Wishing you luck on your 3 days of madness!

  7. Your good always look so great! One of my favorite dinners is roasted veggies + tofu so your picture is making me crave that yumminess :)

  8. mm the combo of all things roasted in your first picture is making me drool

  9. That quinoa beet salad looks so good!! So does that first picture, I would have never thought to combine sweet potatoes and nut butter!? I had one pumpkin spice latte, and sadly found out the syrup has milk in it? (I'm a vegan) but mine tasted so good. SAddd day.

  10. Pumpkin turkey chili?! Oh man I can't wait for the recipe! Sad that you got a bad pumpkin spice latte :( Those are my favorite, but I don't get them that often. I also love peppermint mochas.

  11. Good luck with everything! I definitely know where you're coming from with stress and school stuff – it consumes life sometimes :-PI think the pumpkin spice lattes are too sweet as well, so I always ask for only 1 pump of syrup. Still get the taste, but not too much of it.

  12. I can't wait to see that pumpkin chili recipe!! I've been looking for a good one, but just haven't seen a recipe that fit what I wanted yet.Quinoa flake porridge is my favorite way to eat quinoa.

  13. Sorry about your pumpkin latte today; that is a bummer! I find that many of the pumpkin lattes in coffee shops are too sweet, so I just make my own. I just mix in a little bit of Torani pumpkin pie sugar-free syrup to my coffee and then add my steam/foamed milk with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice…YUM! Also, good luck with everything!

  14. Ha ha. Love all the pumpkin eats that you had. As you know, I share that obsession. I've actually never tried a pumpkin spice latte before! I know, it's quite shocking. But, I haven't heard the best things about it and figure I can just make my own. Good luck with the next three days!!!

  15. Yum! Everything looks good! I love adding quinoa to salads as well or as a side with dinners. We haven't had it in awhile though so I think I need to make a batch :-)

  16. There is pretty much a consistent pumpkin theme with my meals all throughout the fall and winter also!

  17. I'm not a fan of Starbucks drinks because I find them too sweet, plus they are so expensive. But even then around the holidays I always try a few new ones to get me in the spirit :) You are right, it doesn't seem like you have any problem crisping your veggies, they look perfect with that baked tofu! That salad sounds like an awesome combination of flavours, thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

  18. I am not a pumpkin flavored person. At all. Shocker! It seems like every blog out there is gushing about pumpkin and how OMG AMAZEBALLS it is. Not me!

  19. You didn't get a fluke, I feel the same way about PSL's from Starbuck's…not worth the hype. Love the sweet potato/peanut butter combo, I may have to give that a try :)Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily

  20. The pumpkin spice lattes are normally very good and have no artificial sweetener in them so it SHOULD not taste too chemically (at least not like aspartame). If you use 2% milk it is best, sometimes going Non-Fat can screw the taste. As well, if the shots expired (as in were made too early and the milk didn't touch them fast enough), then that can create a bitter/awkward taste. I'd definitely give them a shot or TRY making your own (I have a recipe that I posted on the 2SS blog of one that tastes very similar). Goodluck and I know you can make it through these tough days! Ill be thinking of you.

  21. Aww, you DID make the bread! It's amazing isn't it? Amanda really knows her stuff! And oh my gosh, that pumpkin chili looks great! I made a batch once but I was a little disappointed that you couldn't really taste the pumpkin…I may have to try again with different spices…maybe some curry? Or I guess I COULD just wait for you to post your recipe…duh! ;)I used to LOVE the pumpkin lattes at Starbucks, but a few years ago, I had one and had the same reaction to the flavor as you mentioned…much to sweet and a weird aftertaste as well! Eh, I think I'll just stick to making my own! I've been loving the Twining's hazelnut chai lattes I've been having lately!Quinoa is the best! And that dish looks delicious! Hard to pick a favorite, but Spabettie's Popped Quinoa and Cheesy Eggs definitely ranks pretty high!

  22. Ooh I'm excited for the pumpkin turkey chili recipe! Chili is definitely my go-to winter meal. I love making myself peppermint mochas! (kind of like a latte?)

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