Recipe: Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad Cups with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Food for Family Gatherings

Family Features — Family gatherings like reunions, picnics and potlucks can bring fun, the chance to reunite with family and, of course, food and celebration.

While catching up with family is most important for many, food typically comes in a close second. Tried-and-true favorites are welcome, but so are new additions.

This starter duo of Baked Onion, Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip along with Orange Galette with Beet Gorgonzola Salad can get the celebration going. 

To help mix things up, take a break from sandwiches. Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad Cups (below) are a contemporary meal or snack alternative which kids and adults alike can enjoy. For a salad that feeds a crowd, try this Tex-Mex Layered Bean Salad, a tasty accompaniment for entrees from burgers to fried chicken. For more recipes for family gatherings, visit and

Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad Cups with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Prep time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

1 can READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad Dressing:
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp. adobo sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
¼ tsp. kosher salt
18 tsp. black pepper
3 tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1½ cups cooked quinoa
1 cup diced chicken, cooked
¼ cup finely sliced green onions
1 chipotle pepper, minced
4 leaves Bibb lettuce

Drain bean salad; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid.
To make dressing: In small bowl, whisk reserved liquid, lime juice, adobo sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk in oil until completely combined. Stir in cilantro; set aside.
In medium bowl, combine bean salad, quinoa, chicken, onions and chipotle pepper. Add dressing; toss gently.
Divide bean salad mixture equally among lettuce cups.

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