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Last weekend was the unofficial start of summer. Woohoo!! Bring on the pool days, BBQs and summer block parties. Who doesn’t love a good block party? Music playing, all your neighbors hanging out and eating until after the sun goes down, kids running around with squirt guns and of course the inevitable water balloon fight. Block parties are a huge part of summer and a great way to get to know your neighbors.
If you really want to impress your neighbors, I suggest that you serve this crazy delicious and incredibly versatile Tex-Mex Chicken & Quinoa Salad. The secret ingredients are Swanson Broth and truRoots Quinoa.
I love quinoa, like seriously love it. It’s one of my favorite foods, hands down, but only if it’s prepared right. Prepare quinoa wrong and it’s just bland and kinda depressing. The numero uno step in getting amazing quinoa is to wash it before you cook it. I can not stress this enough. Quinoa has a bitter coating and if you don’t wash it off, you will get a nasty taste in your mouth. Better yet, buy your quinoa pre-washed! truRoots Organic Quinoa comes pre-washed so you can save time by skipping that step at home. truRoots is also a great choice because it’s Non-GMO, organic, naturally gluten free and the company is committed to authentic, traceable ingredient sourcing.
Second most important item is what you cook your quinoa in. You can’t just cook it in plain old water and have it come out delicious. Big no-no. I always cook my quinoa in chicken broth. Swanson Chicken Broth to be exact. Swanson’s unique blend of flavors really brings out the joy of cooking and enhances the flavors of the food it’s prepared with. It’s a crucial part of making incredible quinoa.
So now that you know the basics of awesomesauce quinoa, let’s get right to this recipe that will make you the hit of the next summer block party!
This recipe is so versatile, it can be served in a bowl as a regular salad or you can change it up a bit and turn it into these delicious Tex-Mex Chicken & Quinoa Salad Lettuce wraps. Just scoop some of the salad into a piece of butter lettuce and you have an amazing new recipe.
But wait, there’s more! Grab a wrap ( I prefer a garden spinach one), spread some of the salad inside, wrap it up and slice it for some mouthwatering hi-rollers (these make a great appetizer!)
You can find Swanson Chicken Broth & truRoots Quinoa at your local Sam’s Club!