Quinoa Caprese Salad

by Jen on May 17, 2013

Another caprese recipe!  Maybe you think I’m crazy, but I honestly love caprese anything, don’t you?  I’m pretty sure it’s the fresh mozzarella that does it!

I’m sure you have all tried Caprese Salad at least once.  But I wanted to try making this Quinoa Caprese Salad.  I love quinoa because of it’s high protein.  As someone who can’t eat eggs, I rely a lot on plant based proteins.  Some other benefits of quinoa:

  • contains 9 essential amino acids
  • has a ton of fiber per serving
  • helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • is gluten-free

Mix this amazing grain with some baby tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar, and you’ve got a protein-packed, nutrient-dense salad.

Quinoa Caprese Salad


This salad is so simple yet so delicious.  And your whole family will like it because it doesn’t have a strong flavor…and what kid doesn’t like cheese?!  I paired this salad with some grilled chicken and green beans.

Quinoa Caprese Salad


This would be a perfect salad for a backyard BBQ party, just double or triple the recipe depending on how many people you are serving.  Now that herb growing season is in full effect, try growing your own fresh basil.  It’s a must for this salad, but also makes a great Lemon-Basil Pesto for many other dishes.

Quinoa Caprese Salad


I know you are going to love this Quinoa Caprese Salad!  If you try it, I would love to know what you think.  Let me know here.

Quinoa Caprese Salad


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 5 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced basil
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini), halved
  • 2 Tbsp minced shallot
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Once cooked, scrape into a serving bowl. Add tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. In a separate small bowl, whisk together minced red onion, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt. Pour over quinoa and toss to coat. Sprinkle with some fresh ground black pepper. Best served at room temperature.


Cal: 177 Protein: 10g Carbs: 15g Fat: 8g Fiber: 2g Sodium: 56mg

Weight Watchers Points+: 4


Quinoa Caprese Salad! Add some healthy protein to the traditional caprese salad!

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1 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life May 17, 2013 at 7:56 am

I made something very similar to this about a year ago, only instead of a dressing, I used pesto! Yum! I (obviously) love anything caprese, too. 🙂
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2 Jen May 17, 2013 at 8:25 am

Yum, that sounds amazing! I would love to try that as I love pesto 🙂


3 Wendy May 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

This looks so yummy right now and your photos are beautiful. I also absolutely love fresh mozzarella.
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4 Jen May 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Thanks so much Wendy 🙂 Isn’t it the best? We love it too!


5 Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board May 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I love caprese anything and quinoa anything so this looks like the perfect combination for summer!
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6 Jen May 31, 2013 at 8:09 am

Me too Natalie, and this salad is definitely a favorite 🙂


7 Sarah September 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I’ve eaten quinoa many times already and it’s really healthy and delicious! I can’t wait to try to make this salad. Love it. Thanks for sharing!
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