Low Calorie High Protein Chicken Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Chicken and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

This Low Calorie High Protein Chicken and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad is just 325 calories, has 33.2g of protein and makes a great meal prep recipe!. I have even supplied you with tips on doubling the protein, or you can keep the recipe as is to keep the cost and the calories low.

Chicken and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Olive oil spray
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (about 1/3 cup dry- see notes above)
  • 1 cucumber quartered lengthwise then sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 can (16-0z) garbanzo beans drained and rinsed

Low Calorie High Protein Chicken Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Chicken and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Healthy High Protein Chicken Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Meal Prep and Storage

Meal Prep: To meal prep a salad, add all the ingredients to individual meal prep containers, or family sized containers. Add the dressing to a separate container and do not add it until you are ready to serve.
Storage: Will hold in the fridge for 4-5 days, does not hold well in the freezer.
Serving: If you added the dressing and the salad gets soggy, add it to a sandwich wrap or large tortilla. It’s a great way to salvage leftover soggy salad.

Low Calorie High Protein Chicken Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Chicken and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Low Calorie High Protein Chicken Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

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This healthy quinoa salad is great for meal prep, or for a healthy meal. I have supplied you with "serve now" or "meal prep" tips below.
Packed with flavor, you can enjoy this quinoa tabbouleh salad hot or cold. I actually prefer it cold as a meal prep lunch.
Special Tip: You want 1 cup of cooked quinoa. That is about 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa + 2/3 cups water or broth.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course dinner, lunch, meal prep
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings
Calories 325 kcal


  • Olive oil spray
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (about 1/3 cup dry- see notes above)
  • 1 cucumber quartered lengthwise then sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 can (16-0z) garbanzo beans drained and rinsed

Tabbouleh Salad Dressing:

  • ½ cup parsley leaves minced
  • 15 fresh mint leaves minced
  • 2 green onions minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh is best- plus you need the zest for the chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and spray with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
  • Add the chicken to the hot pan and cook for 5-8 minutes each side until cooked though.
  • Meanwhile in a small bowl combine all of the Tabbouleh Salad Dressing ingredients.
  • Add the cooked quinoa, cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and Tabbouleh Salad Dressing to a large bowl. Toss together.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through, slice, shred, or dice (you choose what’s easiest for you) and then it’s time to plate.
  • Eating Now: Add 1/4 of the salad to 4 bowls, top with 1/2 a chicken breast and serve.
  • Meal Prepping: Add 1/4 of the salad to 4 meal prep containers. Top with chicken and cover. Cool completely before adding to the fridge, will hold for 4-5 days in the fridge. Do not freeze, this is not a freezer meal prep recipe.


Serving: 3cupsCalories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 33.6gProtein: 33.2gFat: 7.3gSaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 565mgPotassium: 590mgFiber: 6.7gSugar: 5.7gCalcium: 79mgIron: 4mg
Keyword meal prep lunch, Quinoa salad, Tabbouleh salad
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Chicken and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

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