quinoa caprese salad recipe

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe (Healthy & Gluten-Free!)

Another Caprese recipe! Maybe you think I’m crazy, but I honestly love Caprese anything, don’t you? I’m pretty sure it’s the fresh mozzarella that does it!

I’m sure you have all tried Caprese Salad at least once. But I wanted to try making this Quinoa Caprese Salad. I love quinoa because of its high protein. As someone who can’t eat eggs, I rely a lot on plant-based proteins. Some other benefits of quinoa:

  • contains 9 essential amino acids
  • has a ton of fiber per serving
  • helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • is gluten-free

Mix this amazing grain with some baby tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar, and you’ve got a protein-packed, nutrient-dense salad.

I know you are going to love this Quinoa Caprese Salad! Here’s the recipe:

quinoa caprese salad recipe

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Salad

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella balls (halved)
  • 2 Tbsp shallot (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch black pepper (freshly ground)

Instructions
 

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions
  • Once cooked, scrape into a serving bowl. Add tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together minced red onion, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt
  • Pour over quinoa and toss to coat. Sprinkle with some fresh ground black pepper
  • Best served at room temperature

Notes

Calories: 175 – Protein: 10g – Carbs: 15g – Fat: 8g – Fiber: 2g – Sodium: 56mg
Weight Watchers Points+: 4 – WW Smart Points: 3
Keyword quinoa, salad

Quinoa Caprese Salad Serving Suggestions:

This salad is so simple yet so delicious.  And your whole family will like it because it doesn’t have a strong flavor… and what kid doesn’t like cheese?! I paired this salad with some grilled chicken and green beans.

This would be a perfect salad for a backyard BBQ party, just double or triple the recipe depending on how many people you are serving.  Now that herb growing season is in full effect, try growing your own fresh basil. It’s a must for this salad, but also makes a great Lemon-Basil Pesto for many other dishes.

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