Hawaiian Quinoa Bowls with Cilantro Honey Vinaigrette and Spicy Peanut Sauce
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Serves: Serves 4
These hawaiin quinoa bowls are the perfect healthy meal; packed full of protein and good-for-you veggies, tossed in a sweet cilantro vinaigrette and then topped off with grilled chicken and spicy peanut sauce.
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 large red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup peanut sauce
  • 1 batch cilantro honey lime vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • Cilantro for garnish
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Heat a small sauté pan to a medium-low heat. Add nuts, toast just until fragrant. Be careful not to burn.
  2. Toss quinoa with peppers, onions, pineapple, ½ cup nuts and ½ of the cilantro vinaigrette. Add more vinaigrette to suite your taste, you may not need it all. Season with salt and pepper in your serving bowl.
  3. Heat a grill pan to a medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Grill until cooked though, about 3-4 minutes per side. Set aside to cool. Once cool, cut into strips.
  4. Place chicken strips on top of quinoa and drizzle with peanut sauce. Sprinkle with remaining nuts and extra cilantro.
For the vinaigrette:
  1. Add lime juice, honey, dijon and cilantro to a mini food processor. Turn on and blend until combine and cilantro is in tiny pieces. With the mixer on, add olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe by Cooking for Keeps at https://www.cookingforkeeps.com/hawaiian-quinoa-bowls-with-cilantro-honey-vinaigrette-and-spicy-peanut-sauce/