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Caprese Quinoa Salad

caprese quinoa salad
Caprese Quinoa Salad
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 8
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The classic summer combination of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil are tossed with quinoa for an easy, but sophisticated summer salad. Cooking the quinoa in broth is the key to a flavourful salad. ...MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups uncooked quinoa
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
8 oz (226 g) fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup julienne fresh basil leaves, plus additional for garnish

Steps

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  • 1
    In 2-quart saucepan, heat broth to boiling over high heat. Add quinoa and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until all broth is absorbed. Transfer to large bowl. Refrigerate at least 1 hour until cool.
  • 2
    In small bowl, beat vinegar, mustard, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper with whisk. Slowly beat in olive oil.
  • 3
    Stir tomatoes, mozzarella and vinaigrette into cooled quinoa. Gently stir in 1/2 cup basil leaves.
  • 4
    Transfer to serving bowl; garnish with additional basil.

Expert Tips

  • Fun fact: Quinoa isn’t a grain at all. It’s actually a seed.
  • For a fun variation, substitute chopped grilled vegetables, like zucchini, eggplant or bell peppers for the cherry tomatoes.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 8
Calories
330
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17
Saturated Fat
1.5
Trans Fat
0
Cholesterol
20
Sodium
840
Dietary Fiber
3
Sugars
5
Protein
12
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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