Zesty Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken with Quinoa Salad

Introduction: Elevate your dinner game with this vibrant recipe featuring zesty lemon herb grilled chicken paired with a refreshing quinoa salad. Bursting with flavors and colors, this dish is a perfect balance of health and indulgence, making it a go-to for any day of the week.

Ingredients:

For Grilled Chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

For Lemon Herb Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the marinated chicken breasts for 6-7 minutes per side or until fully cooked and grill marks appear. Let them rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.
  5. Pour the lemon herb dressing over the quinoa salad and toss to combine. Top the salad with sliced grilled chicken and garnish with fresh parsley.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy this vibrant and flavorful lemon herb grilled chicken with quinoa salad!

Feel free to customize the salad with your favorite vegetables and herbs for a personalized touch.

A Symphony of Citrus and Grilled Goodness: Lemon Herb Chicken Bliss

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