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Caprese Quinoa Salad

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  • 15 min prep time
  • 1 hr 35 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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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™ stock is the key to a flavorful salad.

Ingredients

1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken or vegetable stock or Progresso™ chicken 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 stock 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 stock 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.
  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, heat stock 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 stock 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.

Expert Tips

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 Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
339.9
Calories from Fat
160
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18.1g
28%
Saturated Fat
5.3g
26%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
22.4mg
8%
Sodium
882.3mg
37%
Total Carbohydrate
31.1g
10%
Dietary Fiber
3.6g
14%
Sugars
2.7g
Protein
13.3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
9.40%
9%
Calcium
17.60%
18%
Iron
13.30%
13%
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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