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caprese salad with quinoa and brown rice

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Peggy O'Brien
Avon Lake, OH

This is a healthy variation of a Caprese salad with quinoa and brown rice. I decided to try something healthy as a change-up! I'm eliminating pasta from my diet.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Caprese salad is a classic recipe with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil. This version adds a little brown rice and quinoa for a heartier salad. The honey balsamic dressing gives the dish a lightly sweet and tangy flavor. It's delicious and will be great for a picnic or even a dinner party.

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★★★★★ 2
serves 6-8
prep time 20 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For caprese salad with quinoa and brown rice

  • 1 lb
    Campari tomatoes
  • 1 lb
    fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1/4 c
    red onion, diced
  • 1 oz
    fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 pkg
    quinoa and brown rice
  • 1/2 c
    light honey balsalmic dressing

How To Make caprese salad with quinoa and brown rice

Test Kitchen Tips
If you want to bump up the salad even more, drizzle a bit of balsamic glaze over the salad before serving.
  • Cutting the tomatoes into wedges.
    Cut tomatoes into wedges.
  • Red onion and basil chopped on a cutting board.
    Chop red onion and basil.
  • Prepared quinoa and brown rice in a bowl.
    Prepare quinoa/brown rice as directed on the package.
  • Quinoa/rice, tomatoes, onion, and basil in a bowl.
    Mix together quinoa/rice, tomatoes, onion, and basil in a bowl.
  • Folding in balls of mozzarella and dressing.
    Add mozzarella balls and gently toss in honey balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Prepared salad covered in plastic wrap.
    Refrigerate and serve cold.