Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad

If you are looking for a fresh, healthy, and delicious quinoa salad recipe, this Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad is perfect for any occasion! 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!

Finished caprese salad in a bowl.

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.

Yes, you’re right, Lee and I met in geology class, but a few short months later we were on a plane to Italy to study artists of the Renaissance. We both loved to travel and food (I also really needed a good travel buddy to study abroad with, so everything really just worked out perfectly). We lived in a beautiful apartment, ate delicious food, and wrestled with many different things that both of us were going through in our personal lives.

I remember Lee and I would run along the Arno River before class in the morning and one time we were so distracted by talking that Lee wasn’t watching where she was going and smoked her head on a street sign. By smoked, I mean she got flipping knocked out. LOL. I laugh because she’s ok, of course. 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.

This fresh Caprese quinoa salad is one of my favorite quinoa salad recipes on Fit Foodie Finds! Anything with fresh mozzarella truly has my heart. 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!

Quinoa, tomatoes, and mozzarella in a bowl. Tomatoes and olive oil on a cutting board.

Ingredients for Caprese Quinoa Salad

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. Just picture taking some BBQ chicken off the grill and serving it up right next to a pile of Caprese salad. It is a healthy and delicious option and you should make it ASAP.

Recipe

Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad

If you are looking for a fresh, healthy, and delicious quinoa salad recipe, this Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad is perfect for any occasion! 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

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
Finished caprese quinoa salad in a bowl.

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