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BBQ chicken salad in a white bowl topped with avocado, cheese and green onions with a blue towel around the bowl.

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad, the perfect hardy summer salad. This salad is great for potlucks, barbeques or summer get togethers, serve it as a side dish or a main dish. It also makes great meal prep for lunches and dinners!


  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa = 1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup fresh corn, cut off the cob (approximately 23 cobs needed)
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded BBQ chicken (*approximately 1lb)
  • 1 avocado, cubed or sliced
  • 1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cilantro for garnish and BBQ sauce for drizzling, if desired


  1. Bake chicken in 1 cup of BBQ sauce until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. After chicken has finished cooking, simmer BBQ sauce for 5 minutes to reduce, shred chicken and pour sauce over the shredded chicken. Toss to combine. OR If you opted for precooked chicken then shred and toss in 1/2 cup to 1 cup BBQ sauce.
  2. Cook quinoa per package instructions, allow to cool and fluff.
  3. Cook black beans or if using canned, rinse thoroughly.
  4. Assemble all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and top with cilantro and more BBQ sauce if desired.
  5. Make-ahead and store in the frig or eat right away. Enjoy!


*You can bake your own chicken in your favorite BBQ sauce (I used The New Primal Classic BBQ Sauce) or shred a pre-made rotisserie chicken and toss in BBQ sauce, both options work great!

*To maximize flavor, toss shredded chicken in BBQ sauce and let sit for a few hours or overnight before assembling the salad.

*Quinoa and black beans can also be made ahead and stored in the frig prior to salad assembly.

Keywords: BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad, summer salad, bbq chicken salad,

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