Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad

This Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad is packed with protein, veggies, and all of your favorite summer flavors. All you need are cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, quinoa, and a healthy homemade dressing!

If you are looking for a fresh, EASY and healthy quinoa salad recipe, this fresh Caprese salad is it!

fresh caprese quinoa salad in a bowl

A Go-To Summer Salad

Please tell me that you started drooling the moment you saw these photos. WE DID. Caprese salad is one of our favorite go-to salads. Especially in the summer!

Lee and I fell in love with Caprese salad, long before we developed this quinoa salad recipe and even before Fit Foodie Finds was even a twinkle in our eyes (this is Linley btw). I know that we have mentioned this before, but I absolutely LOVE talking about the fact that Lee and I fell in love in Italy.

Anyway, we fell in love with Italian food and culture and this Caprese salad takes me back. Perhaps Team Fit Foodie needs to take another trip to Italy for more Italian food inspiration (HECK YES). Forgive me for getting sidetracked from this gorgeous salad. Let’s focus, people.

Side Dish or Meal — Your Choice!

This fresh Caprese quinoa salad is one of my favorite quinoa salad recipes on Fit Foodie Finds! I love that you can use this Caprese salad as a side dish, a salad for lunch, or make a double batch and use it for meal-prep throughout the week!

You won’t believe how incredibly easy it is to make this quinoa salad. Let’s get into it:

fresh caprese quinoa salad ingredients in a bowl

Caprese Quinoa Salad Ingredients

I know, it’s not a long list and it is just as easy as it sounds to whip this salad up in no time! I’m telling you, this salad is the perfect summer salad.

fresh cherry tomatoes for caprese quinoa salad

How to Make Caprese Quinoa Salad

Cook Quinoa: In a medium-sized pan, bring water and quinoa to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low until all of the water is absorbed.

Cool Quinoa: Cool the cooked quinoa in a bowl in the refrigerator for at least an hour before preparing the salad.

Prep Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil: To prepare the salad, halve the cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls. Then, give your basil a rough chop.

Add in Dressing: Mix in your olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper (to taste), and then add all ingredients for the salad in a large mixing bowl.

Mix it All Together & Enjoy! Mix all the ingredients well. Make sure everything is covered in the delicious olive oil and balsamic dressing. Serve immediately, or store for up to 3-5 days in an air-tight container in the fridge!

fresh caprese quinoa salad in a bowl ready to be served

More Quinoa Salads

Recipe

Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad

This Caprese salad is packed with protein, veggies, and all of your favorite summer flavors. All you need are cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, quinoa, and a healthy homemade dressing!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: Linley Richter
Yield: 4 1x
Category: Salads
Method: Stove Top
Cuisine: Mediterranean

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella balls, halved
  • 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized pan, bring 1 1/3 cup water and 2/3 cup quinoa to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low until all of the water is absorbed.
  2. Cool the cooked quinoa in the refrigerator for at least an hour before preparing the salad.
  3. To prepare the salad, mix all ingredients for the salad in a large mixing bowl. Mix well. Make sure everything is covered in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 326
  • Sugar: 16
  • Fat: 22
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 15
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