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Caprese Quinoa Salad

caprese quinoa salad Entree
Caprese Quinoa Salad
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 8

The classic summer combination of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil are tossed with quinoa for an easy, but sophisticated summer salad. Cooking the quinoa in Progresso™ broth is the key to a flavorful salad.

Updated October 12, 2017
Progresso Broth
Make with
Progresso Broth

Ingredients

  • 1
    carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2
    cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 3
    tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1
    tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2
    teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3
    cup olive oil
  • 2
    cups halved cherry tomatoes (about 10.5 oz)
  • 8
    oz fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2
    cup julienne fresh basil leaves, plus additional for garnish

Steps

  • 1
    In 2-quart saucepan, heat broth to boiling over high heat. Add quinoa and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until all broth is absorbed. Transfer to large bowl. Refrigerate at least 1 hour until cool.
  • 2
    In small bowl, beat vinegar, mustard, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper with whisk. Slowly beat in olive oil.
  • 3
    Stir tomatoes, mozzarella and vinaigrette into cooled quinoa. Gently stir in 1/2 cup basil leaves.
  • 4
    Transfer to serving bowl; garnish with additional basil.

  • Fun fact: Quinoa isn’t a grain at all. It’s actually a seed.
  • For a fun variation, substitute chopped grilled vegetables, like zucchini, eggplant or bell peppers for the cherry tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
Calories from Fat
150
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
26%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
840mg
35%
Potassium
370mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
32g
11%
Dietary Fiber
3g
15%
Sugars
5g
Protein
12g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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