Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Greeting, all! I'm visiting my sis in the great state of Alabama this week, so I invited a few fabulous blogger friends to share with you all. Today, my friend Megan has a mouth-watering recipe for Quinoa Caprese Salad for us. Megan writes the popular blogs Honey We're Home and Honey We're Healthy. Please give her a warm welcome!

Preparing weekend lunches is a favorite of mine.  It's really nice to enjoy a home-made meal if you're at the house to eat it. With all the weekend running around, sometimes eating while out is more convenient.  This Saturday, having completed the morning errands and getting home in time for lunch, I made a quinoa caprese salad with grilled chicken.

This is one of those easy-to-assemble meals that is packed with protein and flavor.

Quinoa Caprese Salad

I start by grilling boneless, skinless chicken breasts in olive oil for a few minutes at the same time I boil the quinoa. Quinoa cooks quickly, about 8 minutes. I used 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of organic chicken broth to give it more flavor. 

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Then, because the caprese ingredients are a favorite combo (tomato, basil, and mozzarella) I assembled them all together. 

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Quinoa is a good source of fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium and fiber.  It has a slightly nutty flavor, but mainly takes on the flavors you cook it with.  It cooks quickly, in about 8 minutes. Then I chopped the cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls in half and tossed in the basil. 
Quinoa Caprese Salad

I seasoned my salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt-free seasoning. 

Quinoa Caprese Salad

A bright, refreshing (and filling) salad!
Quinoa Caprese Salad

After lunch, I portioned the rest out into plastic containers for quick meals later on during the week.  
Quinoa Caprese Salad

Have you tried quinoa? Do you like it? 

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Doesn't that look amazing? I love healthy recipes that are easy to prepare! 

Thank you so much, Megan, for sharing this one with us! 

If you haven't "met" Megan yet, you must visit her blogs. Honey We're Home is an inspiring look at Megan's beautiful home...lots of great decorating posts! Honey We're Healthy is filled with clean, tasty recipes like this one. 

Have a good one, readers. Tomorrow brings a great round-up of summer projects from another blogger friend. 

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  1. Yum! I love a good caprese salad. Enjoy your time with family!!

  2. That looks delicious! Coincidentally my husband grilled chicken last night for salads and we have lots of quinoa. This is going to be a fast and yummy dinner!

    Question for you though, do you freeze the portions or does it keep well? Thanks!

  3. Have a great trip Amanda! Thanks for having me!

  4. This looks so good!

    I haven't had quinoa in a long while. This salad would be perfect to take in my lunch when I go back to school on Monday. (Whine)

  5. I'm totally whipping this up for lunches - looks right up my alley!


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