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Caprese Quinoa Bake

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 8
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The best flavours of your favourite summer salad are baked together into a warm and cheesy casserole. Serve it as a side dish (it’s delicious alongside grilled chicken), or double your portion to make it a meal.
Created May 15, 2018
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  • 4 cups cooked quinoa (see “tips” section for instructions)
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt (or 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup mozzarella balls
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh basil, for garnish


  • 1
    1. Heat oven to 400°F. In a 9x9-inch baking dish, stir together quinoa, chicken broth, garlic salt (or garlic), pepper and shredded mozzarella.
  • 2
    2. Top with tomatoes and mozzarella balls. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • 3
    3. Bake at 400°F for 45 minutes.
  • 4
    4. Top with fresh chopped basil. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    To cook quinoa: add 2 cups of uncooked quinoa to a pot full of 2 cups broth. Cover and cook at a simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15-20 minutes. Remove and cool. Fluff with a fork.
  • Tip 2
    To make this vegetarian: use vegetable broth of choice in place of chicken broth in this recipe.
  • Tip 3
    If there is one flavour combo that encapsulates summer, it’s Caprese salad. And while a plate full of fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes is always a delicious option, here’s one more: a Caprese-inspired bake, with quinoa mixed in for added plant-based protein. Consider it the healthified summer version of a cozy pasta bake.
  • Tip 4
    A delicious one-dish dinner, or perfect side dish for potlucks, this recipe pairs beautifully with everything from grilled chicken to a crusty loaf of French bread, served with olive oil for dipping.
  • Tip 5
    Try tossing in leftover rotisserie chicken before baking for a heartier meal. Or stir in fresh grilled corn for extra seasonal flavour.

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