Quinoa, Broccoli and Chicken Salad (and $50 Sam’s Club card giveaway!)

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We eat more broccoli than any other veggie.  Raw, steamed, roasted – we love it all of these ways.  So I was really excited to get to try new Beneforté Naturally Better Broccoli.

One reason I like serving broccoli is because it’s a healthy, green leafy vegetable.  Beneforté broccoli is even more nutritious than other broccoli.  It’s a result of cross-pollination with commercial broccoli and a wild variety found in Italy.  The taste is the same, but it’s much better for you.  The enzymes in Beneforte maintain the antioxidant activity of vitamins A,C and E in the body.

Bottom line is the kids like it and since it’s hard to get them to eat enough veggies, I love that this one packs a big nutrition punch.

Beneforté broccoli is easy to cook with too, because it’s cleaned, trimmed and ready to use.  Or munch right out of the bag.

The recipe for Quinoa, Broccoli and Chicken Salad was inspired by a recent trip to Disney World.  Jim and I had a similar salad in Hollywood Studios for lunch (who says theme park food is all burgers and fries?).  The Disney version had arugula instead of broccoli, but I found that to be a bit bitter.  I think the broccoli works better in this salad.

This is a great dish to pack for lunches or to make a day ahead of time.  I made it on a Saturday so that we could have it on Sunday after church.  Here’s what you’ll need: 

Beneforté broccoli is available nationwide at Sam’s Club stores and at select grocery stores.  I’ve got 1 Sam’s Club $50 gift cards to give away, thanks to BenefortéTo enter, just leave a comment telling me why you’d like to try Beneforte Naturally Better Broccoli.  The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, December 14 and announced on the Eat at Home facebook page.

Quinoa, Broccoli and Chicken Salad

Serves: 8-10 servings

  • 12 oz pkg quinoa
  • 2 lb. boneless chicken tenders
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ⅔ cup white vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 - 1½ lbs. broccoli, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 5.75 oz can whole black olives, quartered
  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Cool after cooking.
  2. Whisk together oils, vinegar, garlic, salt, mustard, oregano, basil and pepper.
  3. Spoon ¼ cup dressing over chicken and marinate for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Grill chicken or cook in skillet with oil.
  5. Combine cooled quinoa, broccoli, red pepper, olives and dressing.
  6. Serve with grilled chicken.

Compensation, giveaway prize, and product samples were received to share my honest opinion as
a Beneforté Broccoli Ambassador.


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  1. I’d love to try it because my family loves broccoli!

  2. Melanie Calloway says:

    I would like to try it because it is an easy side dish. We like broccoli steamed in the microwave with butter and lemon juice. It is a very healthy dish for winter also.

  3. This recipe looks delicious. We usually just use plain old broccoli, but I will look for the Benforte brand next time.

  4. Beneforte Naturally Better Broccoli has many reasons to use it. I love that it is extra nutritious while being ready to go, right out of the bag. My family loves broccoli too!

  5. I’d like to try Beneforte broccoli because I have broccoli eaters here and I love stuff that is easy to fix.

  6. 19-year-old son is a body builder so we eat a TON of broccoli (along with cauliflower, asparagus, brussels sprouts, and spinach). We have a second refrigerator in the garage just to hold all the veggies he eats. I roast just about all vegetables. I’d love to try this broccoli!

  7. Kattie DeGeer says:

    I would love to try this broccoli. Definitely gonna check it out. Always looking for foods that pack an extra nutritional punch.

  8. We are trying to eat healthier as a family, and this Beneforte broccoli seems like a great addition to our meal plan!

  9. I’d like to try it because I just plain love broccoli!

  10. I would like to try Beneforte Broccoli because it is one vegetable everyone in my family will eat!

  11. I’ve been having some issues with high blood sugar with my pregnancy. I’ve enjoyed eating broccoli though because it’s filling and low GI.

  12. I would like to try it because for the first time in my life I am taking care of myself. I’m interested in healthy foods. I would love to try this and also have my family.

  13. With the holidays I’ve packed on a few extra pounds. I’d like to start eating healthier.

  14. I would like to try it because we are trying to eat healthier and we already eat a lot of brocoli, so getting extra nutrition would be great.

  15. My 1 year old *loves* broccoli. When he sees it at the grocery store he tries to grab it. Then he tried to eat it at the checkout last week, before I’d paid for it. This would be fun for us to try. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. I like the fact it’s all cleaned, trimmed and ready to use. Makes putting a meal together go much faster. I would love to give it a try!

  17. I really like Joans Broccoli Madness Salad….and I want to make it with Beneforté broccoli !

  18. Broccoli is one veggie I don’t have t make my children eat.

  19. Page Murphy says:

    I love broccoli and would love to try this kind!

  20. My kiddies love broccoli

  21. Cheryl in NC says:

    Hi, Kim! I’m new to this site but loving every recipe I’ve looked at so far. Can’t wait to try them; thanks so much for sharing! As for the Beneforté broccoli, which I’d never heard of before your post, greens, especially broccoli, are the only vegetables my granddaughter will eat, so the more nutritious they can be, the better for her. Plus, I love that they come raw, rather than frozen, so you can enjoy them in every way (she’s just begun ejoying raw broccoli in ranch dressing!). Also, for health reasons, I’m currently following Dr. Furhman’s Fit For Life diet, which is a very low-cal “nutritarian” diet based on eating only foods with the highest nutrient to calorie ration . Needless to say, Beneforte broccoli will be a fantastic addition to that diet, since broccoli is already one of its top foods! So in addition to the wonderful recipes, thanks also for turning me on to this fascinating new product!

  22. Cheryl Newton says:

    I want to try Beneforte broccoli because my younger son, who unfortunately like his mother would eat nothing but candy if allowed, loves broccoli. He requests it, actually.

  23. I will try this as I am cooking for one most of the time and this makes it easy to just pour out enough for the one meal, cook, and use. No leftovers!

  24. With a husband who is in Kidney Failure we have to eat all fresh foods. NO Soduim! I would love to try out this broccoli the more Nutrients the beter! Right?

  25. Karen Chaffin says:

    I would love to try Beneforte broccoli because my family loves broccoli & if it is more nutritious, that would be an added bonus!!

  26. Just noticed Beneforte in our local Sam’s Club. I love that it is prepped and ready to experiment with. I don’t always feel comfortable using veggies straight from the bag. The entire bag was fresh and vibrant. Ready to roll!

  27. We love broccoli and would love to try this as it is even more nutritious than normal!

  28. barbara n says:

    I love Sam’s club and I would like to try Beneforte Naturally Better Broccoli for my Broccoli quiche recipe to make it even healthier for the family

  29. I’m thinking a chicken broccoli alfredo pasta dish.

  30. I love Sam’s club and I would like to try Beneforte Naturally Better Broccoli because we love Broccoli and it’s good for you!
    I will have to look for it in my Sam’s and to be honest I could really use the $50 gift card for the Holidays!
    I’m hosting and this would really come in handy to buy dinner items at Sam’s
    Happy Holidays!

  31. Jennifer Watkins says:

    I have a crazy picky eater, but one thing she will eat is broccoli. We told her they were little tree’s when she was younger and needed to eat greens and now she loves broccoli.

  32. Brenda S. says:

    I’m always trying to find ways to make healthy meals that are quick and easy. The Benneforte Naturally Better Broccoli sounds awesome. I love the fact that it is already cleaned and trimmed ~ ready for use. And I LOVE to shop at Sam’s CLub!

  33. I love broccoli and it is a plus that it is even healthier than regular store bought broccoli! I would like to try it for the more nutritious benefits!

  34. Broccoli is also our favorite veggie. We eat it more than any other too so anything to add more vitamins we are in for.

  35. I love broccoli so would enjoy trying a new version.

  36. We would love to try the Beneforte broccoli because it is already CUT! 2 of my kids like broccoli steamed and the other 2 love it raw with dip! That means lots of cutting up broccoli for me (anything to make dinner easier!) – and with all the great things about broccoli, I am so glad my family enjoys it!

  37. More nutritious broccoli?? Sign me up please! It is one of the veggies that my kids like and I would love to try this kind.

    No facebook for me to find out the winner! 🙁

  38. Susan McKeever says:

    Broccoli is a staple in our house. Lots of nutrients and many ways to use it – mixed in casseroles, stir fry, steamed with lemon and sliced almonds for added crunch, great with fish and chicken as a quick and easy meal.

  39. I really like to grow my own broccoli, but it just didn’t happen this year. I’d like to try the Beneforte’ broccoli to see if it would be a good substitute for home grown.

  40. I would like to try this broccoli because I like fresh broccoli better than frozen and it looks so convenient!

  41. Broccoli is one of our favorite veggies!!

  42. I love broccoli, it’s probably my favorite vegetable. We shop often at Sam’s Club, but I can’t remember ever seeing this brand. I’d love to try it though! I’ll definitely look for it the next time I go to Sam’s. In the mean time, this recipe looks good!

  43. Blessie Nelson says:

    I would love to try Beneforte Brocolli because we were raised to eat it always and now as adults and a family we love it inour soups, roasted and braised. It’s so good for my health also…I have a preexisting condition for which the doctor has advised me to take. So this would be a blessed opportunity for me.

  44. I would love to try Beneforte broccoli on my next batch of homemade veggie pizza! The kids will have their favorite meal, and I’ll know that they’re getting all the nutrition they need in a food that they love.

  45. Made this last night for dinner (using “regular” broccoli. I loved it, but my kids thought it was too strong, what can you suggest to take some of the zing out of it? Thanks so much!

  46. Not only does my family love broccoli, but it’s so versatile. Eat it raw for snacks or my fave broccoli salad, throw it in soups and casseroles, or a fast side dish for any meal. I’ll be looking for it next time I am at Sams 🙂

  47. We love broccoli!!

  48. Stephanie says:

    I’m always looking for new ways to try broccoli and just better produce in general.

  49. We shop at Sams every two weeks, but we’ve never tried that brand of broccoli. Would love to try it.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  50. I want to try it because I love healthy food

  51. I would like it because I’ve never tried it before and I loved trying new things!

  52. Anonymous says:

    Do you cook the broccoli for the salad? Or do you put it in raw? I don’t see it explained in the recipe directions.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Broccoli is my favorite veggie, even kids love them. My family would enjoy Beneforte Naturally Better Broccoli.

  54. Annette Lashley says:

    I am a new diabetic and am always looking for ways to add to my new healthy eating menus. Would love to add this Beneforte broccoli to my list. It is about time for a Sam’s run and I will try it —

  55. Jennifer S says:

    I have never been a “broccoli eater”. I have just recently started eating it more, mainly covered in cheese. I would like to try Beneforte broccoli so I can see if I notice a difference and could start eating it plain so it would be even better for me.

  56. Virginia R says:

    I love broccoli and would like to try this brand.

  57. Tracey Whitney says:

    Broccoli is the one veggie all of my family can agree on and that is saying a lot~so I would love to try a broccoli that is trimmed, washed and ready to use!

  58. Zeldabows says:

    Eat broccoli at least 4 times a week. Our favorite is roasted with garlic and lemon juice

  59. I would like to try Beneforté broccoli in stir-fry!! I love anything that makes preparing dinner a little easier!

  60. Patricia A. Hoffmeister says:

    I really like Beneforte Broccoli I get from Sams. Would love to win th gift certificate.

  61. Patricia A. Hoffmeister says:

    We really like the Beneforte Broccoli I get from Sam’s. This recipe has the additiional benefit of quinoa so I would really like to try it.

  62. Wonderful snacking right out of the bag – that’s how we would love Beneforte broccoli! Gotta look for that next time we shop!

  63. TJ skinner says:

    I love broccoli! Broccoli salad w raisins and carrots is one of my favs.
    I’d love to try the beneforte broccoli to get the added nutritional benefits.
    I will look for it at Sams next time I’m there!

  64. I would love to try it because I absolutely love broccoli and I always like to try news recipes with it.

  65. Love brocolli would love to try something new.

  66. love broccoli

  67. Hello!
    I just found your site as I was looking for some great ideas for gifts. Thanks for posting some and for hosting a giveaway.
    As for this brand of broccoli I have never heard of it, but I do shop at Sam’s so I will look for it and would love to see what it is like.
    Thanks for the chance!

  68. Claire Jennings says:

    I have tried it. It is better than fresh because it is already cut and ready to cook and it. It is simply delicious!

  69. we LOVE broccoli in our household..and Beneforte broccoli sounds like a good NEW type of broccoli to try! we Love it fresh or steamed or roasted with a “dip” or just some seasonings to bring out the flavor of broccoli.

  70. I’d like to try it because the pictures of the dish you made using Beneforte broccoli look SOOOOO GOOOD!!! Broccoli was my choice when I wanted to lose the baby fat weight. I ate tons of it and never grew tired of it. It is always fun to taste test new recipes.

  71. I’d like to try Beneforte Naturally Better Broccoli because it’s more nutritious than other broccoli and ready to use in recipes.

  72. I love broccoli and would like to try something new with it.

  73. I’d like to try it because there are so many great recipes to make with Brocoli that I could use it for. We all love broccoli here!

  74. I love Beneforte broccoli because it’s ready to cook right out of the package.


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