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We are officially two days away from one of the biggest grilling holidays. How excited are you? Hopefully as excited as I am.
We’ve already talked about how much I love the 4th of July but what I haven’t told you is that I’m approaching the holiday with a game plan. Because I have s’mores on my brain and I cannot even wait to roast a million marshmallows over the grill and then smush them in between graham crackers with all sorts of chocolate.
So my game plan is to cook healthy for our cookout to save calories/stomach space for the s’mores.
Enter this salad. I’ll be making this Blackened Chicken and Quinoa Salad because it’s healthy and filling and it has tons of flavors, textures, and basically all my favorite things.
So the base is quinoa and it’s tossed with a cilantro lime dressing. And then on top of that you put your Blackened Chicken. This grilled chicken is SO perfect. I used thighs because we prefer it over breasts but use what you like. The chicken is rubbed with a delicious mixture of spices and herbs and then it’s grilled until blackened. We’ve been grilling thighs like this every weekend to throw over salads and such during the week.
And then on top of the chicken, you layer avocado slices, mango, grilled corn, blueberries, feta, and more cilantro. I’m telling you, so much flavor going on here.