We love this salad and make it often during the summer. My tomatoes weren’t quite ripe yet, so I picked up some at the store along with the little marinated mozzarella balls. Fresh basil from my yard and a couple of pantry items were all I needed to make this light, refreshing, and healthy summer salad.
It is seriously as easy as slicing the tomatoes and mozzarella balls in half, chopping some basil, and mixing those, along with a little balsamic dressing together with some cooked quinoa.
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If you’re a fan of quinoa, make sure and check out my Quinoa Bowls. They’re a delicious simple one bowl meal!
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Quinoa Caprese Salad
- 1 basket approx 2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
- 1 tub marinated mozzarella balls halved
- 1 cup fresh basil rough chopped
- 1 cup quinoa cooked according to pkg directions
- 3/4 cup Newman's Own Balsamic Dressing
- Fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Cook 1 cup quinoa according to pkg directions, set aside to cool.
- In the meantime, halve the tomatoes and mozzarella balls.
- Mix cooled quinoa with dressing, tomatoes, cheese, and basil.
- Add a little more dressing if needed.
- Add fresh cracked pepper to taste.
- Place in refrigerator until serving.
- **If you aren't serving the salad right away, I suggest adding basil right before serving as it tends to brown a little.