Caprese Quinoa Salad — Damn Delicious

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Caprese Quinoa Salad

An Italian-inspired meal made even more heart-healthy and protein-packed with quinoa!

So I had a bit of a revelation the other day. A scary revelation might I add.

I don’t think I could EVER be a parent.

See, I was with my niece and nephews the other night, playing around and jumping on the bed, as usual. But my nephew, Aiden, fell off the bed twice, resulting in a backwards summersault to the floor, which prompted two panic attacks on my end.

Apparently, my freak outs freak the kids out.

So Jason and I are working on me “chilling” when this stuff happens. But man, oh man, is it hard.

But I’ll tell you what’s not hard. This salad here. It comes together in just minutes, giving you that classic Italian caprese flavors in a more health-conscious manner using quinoa and avocado, leaving you with a summer dish that’s so perfect, so light and oh-so-refreshing.

And you know I’ll only be using Bob’s Red Mill‘s quinoa – an Oregon-based company that utilizes simple, old-world technology to mill hundreds of all-natural whole grain products, manufacturing natural foods in the natural way.

Sometimes natural is just the best way to go!

Caprese Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

An Italian-inspired meal made even more heart-healthy and protein-packed with quinoa!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill quinoa
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, avocado and pine nuts. Stir in balsamic vinegar and olive oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Serve immediately.

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Disclosure: Bob’s Red Mill provided me with their quinoa for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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