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Quinoa salad with chicken and melon

Quinoa salad with melon and chicken |

Fit update (not..)

Confession time: I have not done very well in the getting fit department. First I did way too much over the weekend. We went away to Texel on Friday for the weekend. Texel is one of the islands on top of the Netherlands (wadden islands) and we were there on invitation to go to a foodfestival. It turned out that not being able to walk very well is much harder than you might think. We did rent a bike (an ebike), but at the end of the day, I overstressed my ankle. Trying to keep up with all the activities and getting terribly frustrated in the end.

Quinoa salad with melon and chicken |

There was a point in the trip where we were going on a fishing boat. Or that was the idea, but there was no way I could get on that boat (and back) It was lying very low in the water and yes, the guys wanted to help but I did have to make that step and since I cannot bend my ankle enough to do stuff like that I didn’t feel it was a very good idea. So I didn’t. I felt like crying. But I didn’t and instead I ended up catching pokémons.. You have to do something while waiting for the others to finish the tour. So that is frustrating as hell.

Quinoa salad with melon and chicken |

I do try and stay positive and I succeed in that – most of the time. Anyway, I did have a really nice weekend but technically I would have had to go to the gym on Monday. But I was sore in all muscles you can imagine plus my ankle didn’t feel all that well. So common sense told me not to go. But than I should have gone on Thursday and I ended up feeling really horrible on Thursday. Like I was getting a fever. Only I wasn’t. It went away after a few hours. Thank God. The last thing I need is a fever! (can’t even remember when I had a fever anyway. I don’t get the flu very often)

I ate too much too. The weekend obviously. Friends over for dinner and all that. Sigh… I don’t even mind those extra kilo’s all that much if it weren’t for that ankle. Extra weight mean extra strain. Not what we need. So I do – desperately – need to lose weight. And the more I want it, the more I eat. Lol… I’m the worlds worst dieter….

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I should eat dishes like this delicious quinoasalad with melon and chicken every day. I should really but I don’t. And than I moan and whine to you. While at the end of the day: I put all that stuff in my mouth right? *Moaning period over*

Do try and make this salad as it is really really good. I love putting fruit in my salads. Not everyone’s taste I bet but for me it works. And even Tom – hater of fruit in his food – liked the salad! So give it a go! And on to a better fitness update next week!

Quinoa salad with chicken and melon


  • 150 gram red quinoa
  • 1/2 melon, in balls or pieces
  • 150 gram smoked chicken fillet
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 2 tsp chopped flat leaf parsley


  • 3 tbsp mayonaise
  • 3 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 1 tbsp tomato vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of almond oil
  • pepper
  • salt


  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions, drain and leave to cool.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the salad together in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Make the dressing by combining the ingredients and serve with the salad
If you do not have tomato vinegar you can use another sweet vinegar. Almond oil can be replaced by regular olive oil


About the author

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer

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