BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

This Loaded BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite make ahead meals!

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

Have we all recovered from yesterday’s game? I’m fairly certain I ate more than my fair share of guacamole and queso, but hey, that’s what the Super Bowl is all about right? I’m lightening things up today with this BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad!

Loaded salads are totally my jam. They make life colorful and delicious and it’s a great way to use whatever is left in my fridge. Yesterday I whipped up a ton of these salads for the week! I just assemble the entire thing, minus the avocado, so then we can grab them for lunch when we’re hungry. Layers of quinoa, grilled corn, black beans, shredded BBQ chicken, diced avocado, BBQ sauce and a little cheese give this salad about 324 dimensions and each bite was packed with flavor.

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

It’s kind of like a BBQ chicken pizza but subbed with quinoa which makes it healthier and mostly guilt free! Hands down this is one of my new favorite salads that you absolutely have to try!

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded BBQ chicken
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons White Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2-4 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa, corn, black beans, chicken and avocado. Season with salt and pepper
  2. Transfer mixture onto a bowl and top with shredded cheese, BBQ sauce, scallions and cilantro.
  3. Serve warm or at room temperature


This recipe calls for already cooked chicken so plan ahead! I prefer to cook my chicken in the crockpot, using 6 chicken thighs, 1 white onion sliced and 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce. I cook on low for about 6-7 hours and then shred and refrigerate for later.

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  1. My husband and I fell in love with quinoa during a recent trip to Peru. Now he begs me to make it each week. I made this tonight and it was PERFECT! I skipped the cheese because someone in this house can’t leave alone a brick of cheese sitting in the fridge (me!). I also used rotissere chicken and squirted BBQ sauce on it. Total shortcut, but it got a delicious meal on table after a long day at work. Thanks for a great recipe, Gaby. This is a keeper!

  2. This is certainly a healthy salad and very tasty at that!!! Love all the ingredients so the combination must be great! Great recipe!

  3. Found this on pinterest…couldn’t wait to try it. I’ve got everything together, waiting for avocado, cheese, & green onions at the last minute. It tasted great before the last additions, can’t wait for dinner tonight! Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Hi Gaby. I made this for dinner a few nights ago and it was amazing! I made several alterations based on what I had on hand: I added half a red pepper, a couple handfuls of spinach, omitted the cheese, and added some ranch dressing and lime juice. Even my non-salad-loving husband couldn’t get enough of it! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  5. Gaby, I am a Quinoa virgin! I would love some tips on cooking it. I can’t wait to make this salad:-)

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  8. Had this for lunch today! (added some jalapenos, plain Greek yogurt, and crumbled cornbread on top) and it was amazing! Love this, thank you for a great recipe!

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