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Quinoa Ratatouille Salad

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Quinoa is considered to be a nutritional powerhouse and ratatouille is is packed with vegetables. Why not combine them for twice the goodness? Recipe courtesy of Chef Walter Staib of City Tavern and host of A Taste of History

Serves 6



  • 1 pound chicken breast, julienned
  • 2 cups quinoa, dry
  • 3 sprigs, fresh thyme
  • 4 ½ cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 red pepper, cored
  • 1 yellow pepper, cored
  • 1 green pepper, cored
  • 2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 eggplant, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 yellow squash, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 large Portabello mushrooms
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste



  1. Rinse quinoa through strainer until warm water runs clear.
  2. In a medium sized pot, bring stock to a boil and add quinoa and thyme.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and gently simmer until cooked through, about 18 minutes.
  4. Spray a grill pan with nonstick cooking spray. Grill vegetables over medium heat until al dente. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes.
  5. Fluff quinoa with a fork.
  6. Dice all the grilled vegetables into small pieces. In a large bowl, stir together vinegar and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add quinoa, chicken breast, tomatoes, tarragon and chives, diced red onion and vegetables and toss to combine. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.


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Reminder: The ingredients in a recipe determine if it should be eaten every day, some days, or on special occasions. It's up to you and you doctor to determine what can be part of a healthy diet for you and any special needs you may have.

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