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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Caprese Quinoa Salad


     My herb garden is overrun with basil right now.  I think it would take over the yard if I would let it.  As it is, I need to keep it trimmed so it doesn't lean over the sidewalk.  It is tall and bushy and ready to be used!  


      We were getting ready to go to another Labor Day weekend BBQ.  After all of the ribs, pulled pork, corn casserole and macaroni and cheese from the previous night, I thought a lighter and brighter side dish might be in order.   


     That got your mouth watering, didn't it?  But I am sure you can also see why I was in the mood from something bright and fresh on day two of these festivities.  I used some tomatoes that a friend had brought by from his garden.  Of course, I had plenty of basil in mine!  Just a few other simple ingredients and a healthy and tasty side was born!     


    It is hard to go wrong with fresh tomatoes, basil and cheese!


Caprese Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup quinoa
8 oz mozzarella, diced
3 1/2 cups tomato, chopped
3/4 cup fresh basil chiffonade 
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 T good quality extra virgin olive oil
sea salt & black pepper

Optional: additional chopped tomatoes and basil for garnish

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions and cool
  2. Mix together the rest of the ingredients.  Stir in cooled and fluffed quinoa.  
  3. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Best served right away and at room temperature.

34 comments:

  1. That really was good. I usually veto any recipe with balsamic vinegar in it. That will have to change. I thought I didn't like it,but I must now. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Sometimes it is good to try things before you ask what is in it!

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  2. I've made this and LOVE, LOVE it! I get Trader Joe's red quinoa and use their balsamic.

    Great for a meatless night.

    Linda

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    1. Ooh, I bet the red quinoa is very pretty with this too!

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  3. Hmmmm, good! Can't wait to try this. Love great salads so much ~

    xo
    Pat

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    1. This is an easy and tasty one! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. Delicious! I wish my basil looked like yours. I don't know what I am doing wrong (aside from forgetting to water them), but my herbs just always seem to die. I will need to do some serious basil research so I can make this yummy salad! Thanks for stopping by Pin Worthy Wednesday, we hope to see you next week! x

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    1. I don't know why, but my basil always turns into huge bushes! I have more Thai basil than a restaurant could handle and my sweet basil is going crazy too! You should stop by and get some for yourself ;-)

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  5. This looks delicious! Pinning! Thanks for sharing at the Best of the Weekend!

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  6. That really was good. I usually veto any recipe with balsamic vinegar in it. That will have to change. I thought I didn't like it,but I must now. Thanks for sharing it.

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  7. I love a caprese salad, especially when the basil and tomatoes come out of the garden, I love how you paired it with quinoa, a healthier pasta salad! I am going to try this, thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! It is definitely one you can feel good eating!

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  8. Wow, this looks so tasty. I just love tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella together. Pinning!

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    1. Me too, it is a fun and healthy side dish that tastes great!

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  9. Great Flavor Combo!! Yum!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday...hope to see you again this week!! Pinned!

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    1. Especially good with fresh produce! Thanks for hosting!

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  10. I know I'm late to the game but I still haven't tried quinoa yet. This looks really good though and I will hang onto this recipe when I get a chance to buy some. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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    1. It is nice to have another healthy grain option, especially because it cooks a lot more quickly than brown rice! I still use a lot of rice, but I like to mix in quinoa sometimes or use it all together.

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  11. I like quinoa and your recipe for Caprese Quinoa Salad sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. I was so sad when it was gone! We had it at a BBQ and then I had the leftovers the next couple of days at lunch. I need to make more while my basil is still good!

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  12. I'm liking how you bulked up the usual caprese salad with some quinoa. I recently tried some quinoa salad, and I think I just might have to make some more. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe on Five Friday Finds!

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    1. It really made it a hearty side dish! I think I may have to try some more variations too. It was really easy and delicious!

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  13. I love caprese salads and have been wanting to make a quinoa version, this sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed bringing something healthy and still fun to share with everyone. It was a nice change from a pasta salad. Thanks for hosting!

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  14. I love quinoa and we usually add it to regular salad, but haven't tried making a caprese salad with it. Will give it a try. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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    1. I tend to use rice and pasta more frequently, but I love to mix it up with quinoa now and again. This was a fun way to use it. I hope you love it!

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  15. Looks like a lovely, light salad. We've (well, my husband) just planted tomatoes and basil so we'll be having some of this soon. Thanks for sharing with the #BlogFair.

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    1. It is very tasty and best with fresh tomatoes and basil! Ours are just winding down and it was a good way to enjoy them before they are done. Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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    1. It was so good (and healthy to boot!) Thanks for hosting!

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