Quinoa is simple to cook and full of protein. Add that to what you’re getting from the chicken sausage, and you’ll have a good portion of the protein you need daily.


Credit: Jonny Valiant

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15 mins
20 mins
35 mins
Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup quinoa, 1 sausage, and about 1 1/2 cups salad)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender. Blend well, scraping down sides of blender several times to incorporate all ingredients; reserve.

  • Combine quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cook, covered, over low heat, until water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender (about 12 minutes); reserve.

  • Cook the sausages in a skillet with 1/4-inch water, over medium heat, turning occasionally. Continue cooking until the water evaporates and sausages brown slightly (about 10 minutes); transfer to a cutting board, and slice into 1-inch pieces.

  • Scatter the quinoa over a large platter. Arrange salad greens, tomatoes, onion, and sausages over quinoa; drizzle with the reserved dressing. Sprinkle salad with tarragon, chives, and a final dash of coarse black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

409 calories; fat 15.2g; saturated fat 3.8g; mono fat 2.1g; poly fat 3.7g; protein 24g; carbohydrates 44g; fiber 7g; cholesterol 79mg; iron 4mg; sodium 631mg; calcium 66mg.