Looking for a fresh and light salad recipe? Try this caprese quinoa salad. It’s made from a few simple, healthy ingredients and comes together quickly. Perfect for a small gathering with friends and family, or as an easy to make option to snack on through the week. Either way, this caprese quinoa salad is so tasty and satisfying. It feels like Summer in a bowl!

Caprese Quinoa Salad

What I love about this salad is that you can pull it together in under 30 minutes. The juicy tomatoes taste so good with the creamy mozzarella pearls and zippy reduced balsamic vinegar. For this recipe, I add some healthy fat via the cubed avocado pieces. That said, you could also add your favorite protein. Grilled chicken, roasted salmon or even crispy tofu would all taste amazing with this salad recipe.

Caprese Quinoa Salad

This salad is one of those recipes that will quickly become a family favorite. Dan and I enjoy this recipe all Spring and Summer long. Looking for more delicious salad recipes? Try my Mediterranean salmon salad or my toasted pine nuts with fresh cherries.

Caprese Quinoa Salad
Caprese Quinoa Salad

Caprese Quinoa Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 large avocado – cubed into evenly sized pieces
  • 4 medium heirloom tomatoes – remove stems and cut into wedges
  • 1 cup mozzarella pearls
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sliced basil
  • 2 tablespoons reduced balsamic vinegar – glaze
  • 1 ripe lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • Few turns cracked black pepper

Equipment

  • large mixing bowl
  • sauce pot to boil the quinoa

Instructions 

  • Cook one cup of quinoa according to the package. Set it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the tomato wedges, avocado cubes, mozzarella pearls, fresh sliced basil, juice from 1 lemon, and olive oil. Toss until well combined.
  • Place the quinoa in a bowl.
  • Drizzle it with the balsamic glaze. Top the quinoa with the fresh tomato avocado salad.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and fresh cracked black pepper.