Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad

Did you know that I’m supposed to become an adult in just 6 days? Shocker, I know. You all probably thought that I was a sprinkle-obsessed three-year-old who just happened to be a bit taller for her age.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

I’m now wondering whether I’ll magically get more mature the moment I cross the 18-year mark. As far as it goes, I’m quite comfortable with doing lots of grown-up things now, be it planning a trip to London to see Rise Against in November or drinking all the sangria… see? I’m not that much of a three-year-old, duh.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

By the way, I hope that mum gets the memo and decides to buy the tickets for me. I mean, she eventually got me a mini donut pan after I asked for it 348934487 times on here #win #mymumiscoolerthanyours. Besides that, my grown-up skills aren’t that developed yet, so 300€ is the cheapest tickets I’ve found… how do you people do it?? My theory is that there must be some kind of magic fairy (like in the sleeping beauty film, you get me) which makes you 8789789 times more intelligent the moment you turn 18 and you’re magically able to do all those things that grown-ups do, such as frying all the stuff without fearing for your life, washing the dishes properly, driving without running ove your dad’s crops (been there, done that – don’t tell anybody though) or saving up your money instead of buying yet another pair of glittery shoes that you probably don’t need.

Not that my grown-up mum has succeded in the last one though.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

Aaaaaanyway. I think I will always be a kid at heart. No one will stop me from wanting to eat all the sprinkles or eating all the mini-food. Bonus points if said food is super colorful and fun! Rainbow anything?? Oh yes, give it to me – that’s the way we 3-year-old roll!

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

This is the part where this grilled chicken quinoa salad comes to action (see? this post has something to do with the salad… it’s just that… I get sooo carried away). Kids will love it because it’s like having a nice, big rainbow in your plate (and which kid hasn’t ever dreamt of eating a darn rainbow????). Aaaand, adults alike will adore it too since it has lots of good-for-you stuff such as quinoa, avocado, veggies and greek yogurt and it’s also super quick to put together so you have more time to do all those grown-up things you guys like to do.

Plus, bacon is involved. ’nuff said.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

One salad to rule them all, that’s what we have here. 

(Oh hey hi, I really hope you read that in Gollum’s voice)

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

Whateverrrr. This salad is a glorious one, if I may say so myself. The flavor and texture combos are amazing and it has lots of healthy stuff you should feel great about eating! Aaaand, unlike lots of salads I’ve tried, it will leave you full enough so you don’t feel like eating your dog one hour after you’ve eaten it.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

No, why would you look at me like that? I’ve never tried to eat Peter.…… ask him if you must. It’s not as if he could talk anyway hehehe.

 Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad
This fresh, colorful and healthy salad will be your new favorite summer meal!
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  1. 90 grams dry quinoa
  2. 180 grams water
  3. 40 grams centercut bacon (or ham)
  4. 120 grams chicken breast, grilled
  5. 1 tomato
  6. 1 peach
  7. 1/2 cucumber
  8. 1/2 red bell pepper
  9. 1/2 red onion
  10. 125 grams mixed greend
  11. 50 grams corn kernels
For the dressing
  1. 1/2 avocado
  2. 100 grams greek yogurt
  3. juice from one lime
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. a dash of garlic powder
  6. salt & pepper to taste
  1. Grill, pan-fry or bake chicken & bacon to your liking.
  2. Chop all the salad ingredients and toss them into a bowl.
  3. For the dressing, blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.
  4. Combine both and enjoy!
  1. Make sure that the avocado you're using is ripe enough so your dressing doesn't turn out chunky!
  2. To make this vegan, leave out chicken and bacon and use 1/2 avocado more instead of the yogurt.
  3. This salad is naturally gluten free.
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By the way, I’m super happy to announce that I GOT INTO THE UNI I WANTED!! And I’ll get to choose my timetable too because of my mark . Cheers to a whole year of sleeping in! And thank you so much for all of your sweet wishes and support while I was away from the blog because I needed to study! Hugs to you all! 



  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Happy early birthday! What a great salad! I adore quinoa and am always looking for way to sneak it into more recipes. I love the flavors in this salad and the pretty pops of color. Delicious!

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour July 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Happy early birthday girl! Love this rainbow quinoa salad, colorful and delicious!

  • Reply Jessiker Bakes July 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    The key to happiness it definitely always being a child at heart :). Happy early birthday darling with this gorgeous rainbow salad!

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext July 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    This salad looks amazing, Consuelo! Happy birthday in advance! Hope you have a brilliant day! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Julia July 18, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    OOF! I can seriously taste the rainbow! I love how healthful, yet filling this meal is! It’s so complete and nutritious! Have a great weekend, my dear! Grilled chicken quinoa bowls all around!

  • Reply Kelly July 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Happy happy early birthday, Consuelo! Haha, nothing wrong with being obsessed with rainbows and sprinkles – I guess we are all 3 year olds at heart πŸ™‚ Love this rainbow salad, it looks gorgeous!

  • Reply Ashley July 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Yay congrats on getting in to your choice!! That’s so exciting!! And coming from someone who is about to turn 30, I still don’t feel anywhere near my age!

    Oh and this sounds absolutely delicious! haha almost forgot about the food there πŸ™‚

  • Reply mayihavethatrecipe July 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Happy Early Birthday Consuelo! I love the colors in this salad they are gorgeous, i want to just dig right in!

  • Reply Monet July 19, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Happy early birthday! You are due for another fabulous year, I know! And this dish? Heavenly! It looks so good, my sweet friend!

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite July 19, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Did someone say bacon?!?! Hahaha, this looks great Consuelo! And happy almost birthday! Welcome to being an adult.. almost πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Monica July 19, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Have to agree that bacon does make almost everything better! This is a wonderful bowl of goodness. I love the rainbow theme and, of course, Happy upcoming birthday to you!! You should be so proud of all you manage to do and accomplish. It’s going to continue to be a great life ahead.

  • Reply Trisha (Stew or a Story) July 19, 2014 at 2:54 am

    SUCH a pretty salad, and I’m loving that creamy avocado/greek yogurt dressing. I totally agree with you about loving anything rainbow!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 19, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Happy early birthday! 6 more days of us being 17 at the same time haha πŸ™‚ This is a gorgeous salad and I love that avocado in the dressing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon July 19, 2014 at 7:30 am

    This looks so healthy and just perfect! Happy early birthday!

  • Reply Joanne July 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Happy almost birthday!!!!! And I still don’t wash the dishes right, according to the.boy. Which is why I make him do them. πŸ˜› Love this crazy colorful salad!

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron July 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Happy early birthday, Consuelo. This salad looks absolutely delicious, I just love a huge, fresh, crunchy salad in the summer. And it’s rainbow, who can resist rainbow-anything, at any age?

  • Reply Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven July 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Happy early birthday, Consuelo! I didn’t know we were both so close in age! Crazy. πŸ™‚ And this salad! Girl, I adore a good salad with a rainbow of colorful veggies and this is definitely calling out to me. Love the addition of grilled chicken too! My ultimate summer lunch right here. πŸ™‚ Pinnned!

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ July 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    A very healthy a colorful recipe! May you have a great birthday. p.s. I live in London. If you need any tip about what to visit and where to eat, just ask πŸ™‚

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane July 20, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I can just about taste this salad. And that dressing … mmmm! And don’t worry, Consuelo, you can be a kid at heart for many many many more years to come. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Elizabeth @ July 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

    What a gorgeous, healthy salad! Looks amazing. And congrats on the almost-birthday! I’m sorry to say I did not magically get brilliant the moment I turned 18, but maybe you will be different. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara {Home is Where The Cookies Are} July 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Oh yes. Let’s involve bacon. It makes up for the quinoa factor. πŸ˜‰ Looks delicious. And don’t worry. Pretty much no one becomes an automatic adult the moment they turn 18. Give yourself a couple of years to enjoy the middle-ground!

  • Reply WearEatLove July 20, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Quinoa is one of my favorites! And this rainbow of yours looks just delis <3. Happy early B-day and congrats for the uni!!! Wish you all the best!

  • Reply Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen July 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Happy Birthday Consuelo! Wishing you a very blessed year to come. This salad looks so fresh and healthy!

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou July 20, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Happy B Con! Hope you had a great one (but I’m pretty sure you did!)
    Great looking salad, I love anything quinoa!

  • Reply Leah Short (@SoHowsItTaste) July 20, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Yummy and so pretty! This salad sounds fantastic!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen July 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

    This salad looks amazing Consuelo – and you made me laugh out loud – as always. You funny girl! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Davida @ The Healthy Maven July 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    My very wise 24 year old self would like you to know that no, you will not suddenly become more mature. I’m still waiting for that day to come πŸ˜‰

  • Reply theprettybee July 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Beauftiful and fresh salad for summer! Lovely!

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments July 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Beautiful salad, and I love the sound of that avocado dressing and the addition of the peach to sweeten it up some. How exciting that you’re nearing adulthood. I wish I could tell you that I automatically matured when it happened for me a million years ago, and as I sit in my 40s there’s still plenty of maturing to do. haha I hope you get those tickets! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Maebells July 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    My hometown is Paris, Tennessee we have this fake Eiffel tower and the night before I turned 18 I climbed to the top of it and then stole a road sign. It is the only rebellious thing I have ever done in my whole life, but I wanted to say I had done at least ONE silly stupid thing before I was an adult. My now husband, then boyfriend was there that night and the road sign is hanging up in our house. It has been almost 10 years but I still smile when I think about it. So go do something fun! (just don’t get caught!) πŸ™‚

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