An Easy, Heart-Healthy Italian Caprese Quinoa Salad
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An Easy, Heart-Healthy Italian Caprese Quinoa Salad

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4 August 2016

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Whip this light, refreshing and heart-healthy, Italian-inspired salad within minutes! Crisp and flavourful, this makes a great option for lunch, dinner or even a snack.

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Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal, naturally gluten-free, rich in proteins and one of the few plants that contain all the 9 essential amino acids. It’s a superfood for reasons aplenty - high in fiber, magnesium, vitamin Bs, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and antioxidants.

There are three types of quinoa; white, red and black. For today’s recipe, we have used white quinoa.

Italian Caprese Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 1 cup light mozzarella, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Himalayan or sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Add 2 cups of water in a large saucepan.
  2. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions; put in the freezer to cool down if you are going to eat the salad immediately.
  3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, avocado and pine nuts.
  4. Stir in balsamic vinegar and olive oil (or balsamic dressing) then season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Buon appetito! (Enjoy your meal!)

 


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