Fiesta Quinoa Jar Salad

If you’re anything like me I’m always looking for something to pack for lunch. Of course, there’s always the dinner leftovers to pack, but ugh…sometimes that gets a little old. Enter…SALADS IN A JAR! These little guys are macro power houses and completely customizable once you get some of the basics down.

This is my to-date favorite (could possibly change tomorrow, you never know!) Fiesta Chicken Quinoa is a bit of south-western spunk right in the middle of your day. This recipe has been modified from the original to make it more macro-friendly, but the original recipe can be found here: Quinoa Salad-in-a-Jar in 4 International Flavors.

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Fiesta Quinoa Jar Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Quinoa
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 Jar
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Ingredients

Dressing

  • 8 g olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 g Ground Chia Seed
  • 5 g Taco Seasoning

Quinoa Base

  • 80 g Quinoa (Cooked)

Salad Ingredients

  • 36 g Sweet Corn Kernels Frozen or Canned
  • 42 g Black Beans Canned and Rinsed
  • 11 g Picked Jalepeno pepper slices
  • 45 g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 85 g Chicken Breast (Cooked)

Spinach Leaves

  • 23 g Baby Spinach Raw

Instructions

  1. Grab a 1 pint (2 cup) mason jar.  Combine the dressing ingredients in the bottom of the jar, stirring them with a fork. Fill it with 80 g of cooked quinoa. Use the fork to toss the dressing with the quinoa until well combined. Level out the quinoa for an even bottom layer.

  2. On top of the quinoa, layer the salad ingredients in order as listed: corn, black beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, and finally the chicken.  Measure out the baby spinach and place in a separate container or Ziploc bag.

  3. Put a lid on the jar and refrigerate. Salad should stay fresh for approximately 4-5 days, depending on the freshness and type of ingredients used.

Time to Eat!

  1. When ready to eat, empty your bag of greens into a bowl or plate. Pour the quinoa salad on top of your greens. The dressed/flavored quinoa serves as the dressing for the greens.

  2. Eat Hot or Cold! Although these are normally eaten cold; if you prefer a hot version, you can heat the jars (without the greens) in the microwave for 1-2 minutes; stir and eat right out of the jar.

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