My first recipe! And I use the word “my” loosely!
Recipes are going to be an adjustment. Sharing them, I mean. In a coherent format. I use a lot of other peoples’ recipes (remember: Pinterest obsessed). When I throw something together myself I certainly don’t measure. A little of this, a little of that.
This first recipe needs no tweaking. I found the recipe for Quinoa Caprese Salad a couple of years ago on Greenlight Bites and instantly fell in love. Nutty quinoa, creamy mozzarella cheese, ripe tomatoes and basil. You really can’t go wrong. I usually make this on a Sunday afternoon and take it to work for lunch. The link to Roni’s recipe is here. I’ve really only increased ingredient amounts as hers makes enough for one and I wanted it for multiple lunches.
First, a note on quinoa. Rinse it like there’s no tomorrow. When I first started cooking with quinoa I was like, “Rinse it? Why? What’s the big deal?” If you want bitter tasting quinoa then don’t rinse it. Take it from someone who’s learned the hard way.
Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
While the quinoa is cooking slice your tomatoes, basil and cheese sticks. A word on basil: add to your taste. In the summertime, when I have a basil plant in a pot on the back patio, I go to town. In the winter I buy the .75 oz itty bitty plastic clam shell of basil and deal.
Now put the lid(s) on and shake it like you mean it. This is the result:
Refrigerate and enjoy!
Quinoa Caprese Salad
- 3/4 c quinoa (I like tricolor because it’s pretty)
- 1 1/2 c water
- 3 tblsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 tblsp honey
- large pinch of salt
- 3 mozzarella cheese sticks
- 30-40 basil leaves
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
Rinse quinoa. In a saucepan combine quinoa, water, vinegar, honey and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 20 minutes (or until liquid is absorbed). Allow cooked quinoa to cool. For lunch servings, divide cooked quinoa between three containers. Add 1/3 tomato and basil to each container as well as one chopped up cheese stick. Cover and shake to combine. Refrigerate.