If you're not familiar with quinoa ("keen-wah"), it's time to give it a try. Not only is it a good source of protein, fiber, and iron, but it has a great nutty taste and toothsome texture.
This salad goes together fast if you start with a rotisserie chicken or if you have leftover cooked chicken on hand. We've added dried mangos, macadamia nuts, ginger, lime, and mint to give the salad a tropical Asian twist, but you can substitute other dried fruits and nuts to create your own version.
Place the quinoa and water in a medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the quinoa has absorbed all the water, 10 to 15 minutes.
Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl. Add the chicken, mango, scallions, and macadamias, and toss to combine.
In a small bowl, blend the sesame oil, tamari, mirin, lime juice, and ginger. Add to the mixture in the bowl and toss to coat. Stir in the mint, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve at room temperature. If you're not planning to serve the salad immediately, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.