BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

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

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad from (@whatsgabycookin)

I throw around the term on brand a LOT! I'll say something like, this restaurant is totally on brand. Wearing yoga pants daily is on brand. My bright red bike helmet... on brand. You get the idea! Today and every other day for that matter, it's safe to say that loaded salads are totally ON BRAND. 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 and add some avocado right before we eat. 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.

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

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 11 votes
This Loaded BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite make ahead meals!!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad, Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings


  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup fresh corn cut from the cob
  • ½ cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded BBQ chicken can use a store bought chicken and tossed with a little BBQ sauce
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons White Cheddar cheese shredded
  • BBQ sauce
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • cilantro for garnish


  • In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa, corn, black beans, chicken and avocado. Season with salt and pepper
  • Transfer mixture onto a bowl and top with shredded cheese, BBQ sauce, scallions and cilantro.
  • Serve


This recipe calls for already cooked chicken so plan ahead! If I have time, I prefer to cook my chicken in the crockpot, using 6 chicken thighs, 1 white onion sliced and ½ cup of BBQ sauce. I cook on low for about 6-7 hours and then shred and refrigerate for later.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 804mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 3mg
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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking


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

  2. 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!

  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. Umm, yum. That's all I can say for fear that I will start drooling. I love quinoa, especially in salads - it gives them such a wonderful heartiness!

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

  6. Hi gaby. This looks like a great recipe, and I think I will try it. I just bought a Weber q 320 and think I will try cooking the chicken in a pan on the grill.


  7. 5 stars
    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!

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