Caprese Quinoa Salad

Photos by Chung-Ah Rhee

Who doesn’t love quinoa and fresh tomato and basil? We tossed them together for an Italian-inspired meal and made it even more heart-healthy and protein-packed with diced avocado. Make a big batch of this to hold for the next few days - this salad tastes even better the day after you make it!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 10 large fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 2 cups cherry/sugar plum tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 avocado, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, toss together cooked quinoa, mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, pine nuts and avocado.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together and stir together balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Add to salad, to taste.

Note: This salad tastes great after an hour of “marinating” in the vinaigrette and a few days sealed in the fridge!

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Chung-Ah, the author behind Damn Delicious, loves to take simple ingredients and transform them into sophisticated and elegant meals.