HOW TO: Healthy Chicken Salad with the Diesel Cooktop

As part of the Cooking with Diesel Series, nutritionist Lauren Willmot has selected a list of staple ingredients that you’re going to want to keep in your camper pantry of fridge. Along with readily available fresh goods, we prepare simple lunch recipe in the Trakkadu 340 Plus camper kitchen.

Through each step of the preparation and cooking process, Lauren ensures the work space is completely utilised. From chopping salad ingredients on the indoor/outdoor dining table, switching pans around on the diesel cooktop, housing salt and pepper grinders over the front cab or using the glass sink lid as additional bench space when serving a meal. No space is wasted! For this tamari chicken and quinoa salad recipe we opted to eat outside under the awning.

Trakkadu diesel cooktop


Organic stir fry chicken
Minced garlic
Tamari sauce
Coconut oil

Tri colour quinoa
Salad leaves
Cherry tomatoes
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Himalayan salt


Trakkadu Diesel Stove Operation

To start diesel cooktop, simply press on/off button with adjustable heat dial set to 6.

As the stove system starts up, organise your preparation area, including the dining table.

Place 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water in a saucepan, cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Once boiling move pot to right hand side of diesel cooktop and reduce heat dial to about 3 for simmering. Cook until all water absorbed, stirring occasionally.

To make the salad, place washed salad leaves in a bowl, half the cherry tomatoes, cut the cucumber into slices, dice avocado and pick off the coriander leaves. Layer on top of the salad leaves.

Dress the salad with olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Set the salad bowl aside.

Marinate the chicken strips in 2 heaped tsp of minced garlic and decent splash of soy. Heat the coconut oil in pan on left hand side of diesel stove. Stir fry chicken in coconut oil. Once chicken cooked through and slightly brown, set aside to cool.

Top the salad with cooked quinoa and chicken. Give a toss to mix slightly.

Trakka Diesel stove cleaning

For cleaning, simply wipe over the diesel cooktop with a slightly damp sponge/paper towel with a little spray of multi-purpose cleaner. For a stubborn baked on food mark, we’ve found ceramic glass cooktop cleaner or auto glass polish work a treat.

Images: Alex Marks Photography featuring Lauren Willmot Nutrition.

Find more diesel cooktop recipes HERE.

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