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Strawberry Caprese Quinoa Salad | Sweet Peas and Saffron


This strawberry caprese quinoa salad has fresh strawberries, basil and mozzarella tossed with quinoa and drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette. Fresh, light and summery!

Strawberries in salads might sound a small different, but it can be so good! From strawberry spinach salad to strawberry arugula steak salad to this delicious strawberry caprese quinoa salad, it’s a great way to add flavor and enjoy fresh summer strawberries.

strawberry caprese quinoa salad on fork

This is a great salad if you want something light, fresh and summery! With fresh strawberries and basil, mozzarella and quinoa, it is sweet, savory and tangy.

Just add a grilled chicken breast or maybe balsamic marinated salmon to make this a meal!

Reasons you’ll ♡ strawberry caprese quinoa salad

  • it is light, refreshing, and great for summer
  • it’s gluten-free and vegan-friendly
  • you can just add protein to make it a full meal!

overhead shot of ingredients required to make strawberry caprese quinoa salad

What is caprese salad?

Insalata caprese translates from Italian to ‘the salad from Capri’ (1). Originating sometime in the early to mid 1900’s in Capri Italy, caprese salad consisted of cow’s milk mozzarella, tomatoes and olive oil, garnished with oregano and arugula (2).  These days, caprese salad Trendy often includes balsamic vinegar and fresh basil as well.

This recipe takes inspiration from traditional caprese salad flavors, but replaces the tomatoes with strawberries, and adds quinoa to bulk it out. This is meant to be a fun twist on a classic, and I anticipate you enjoy my creative interpretation!

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Quinoa– cook this ahead and cool before making the salad. I like cooking my quinoa in the Instant Pot or in my rice cooker!
  • Strawberries– look for the sweetest summer strawberries for this salad.
  • Basil– you exactly need fresh basil for this recipe; dried basil won’t work
  • Mozzarella– use a fresh mozzarella for the top flavor. Pizza mozzarella will not have the same flavor.
  • Balsamic vinaigrette– my go-to 4 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette is exactly great on this salad!

Recipe tips

  • this salad does not keep well and should be served within an hour of preparing it
  • if you abandon off the basil, this salad will keep for up to 48 hours
  • make sure your quinoa is completely cool before adding the strawberries, mozzarella and basil
  • add a protein to make this a meal

collage image showing the steps required to prep strawberry caprese quinoa salad

Making strawberry caprese quinoa salad

  1. Cook and cool quinoa.
  2. Shake up the balsamic vinaigrette.
  3. Combine the cooled quinoa with strawberries, mozzarella and basil.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and enjoy!

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close up side angle shot of strawberry caprese quinoa salad

Strawberry Caprese Quinoa Salad

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: quinoa, salad, strawberry, summer

Calories: 207kcal

Servings: 4

This strawberry caprese quinoa salad has fresh strawberries, basil and mozzarella tossed with quinoa and drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette. Fresh, light and summery!

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Total Time30 mins

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

  • Mix cooled quinoa, strawberries, basil and bocconcini in a medium bowl.

  • Combine all vinaigrette ingredients and toss into the salad.

  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Storage
This salad does not keep well and should be served within an hour of preparing it.
If you abandon off the fresh basil, it keeps in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 batch | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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