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Rainbow Quinoa Caprese Salad

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Rainbow Quinoa Caprese Salad

Embracing the Rainbow in My Kitchen

I’ll admit it – I’m kind of a creature of habit when it comes to cooking. There’s just something so comforting about falling back on those tried-and-true recipes that we all have in our arsenals. You know the ones – the dishes that practically make themselves, the ones where you can practically make them with your eyes closed. Well, that was me for the longest time. That is, until I decided it was time to break out of my dinner rut shell and explore the endless flavor possibilities that were waiting for me.

Enter: this Rainbow Quinoa Caprese Salad. Now, I know what you might be thinking – “Caprese salad with quinoa? That’s a little out there, isn’t it?” And you know what? You’d be right. But hear me out, because this unexpected flavor combination is about to rock your world.

A Kaleidoscope of Flavors and Textures

Let’s start with the star of the show: the quinoa. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always the biggest fan of plain old white quinoa. But when you introduce those vibrant red, yellow, and black varieties? Swoon. The different colors and textures add such a fun and dynamic element to this salad, not to mention the nutritional boost.

And then there’s the caprese part. I mean, come on – who doesn’t love the classic combo of juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil? It’s a flavor explosion in your mouth. But by adding the quinoa to the mix, we’re taking this salad to a whole new level of heartiness and satisfaction.

But the real star of the show? The homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I’m not kidding when I say that Mark and I could probably drink this stuff. It’s the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and savory, and it ties all the flavors of this salad together in the most delicious way.

A Versatile Masterpiece

One of the best things about this Rainbow Quinoa Caprese Salad? It’s endlessly adaptable. You can enjoy it warm, at room temperature, or straight from the fridge. It’s the perfect meal-prep option, since it holds up beautifully in the refrigerator. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even try tossing in some other veggies or proteins to really make it your own.

For me, this salad is the perfect solution to those “what’s for dinner?” moments. It’s hearty enough to be a main dish, but it also works beautifully as a side. And let’s be real – with all those vibrant colors, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a showstopper at your next potluck or BBQ.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to embrace the rainbow in your kitchen and whip up this killer Rainbow Quinoa Caprese Salad. Trust me, your taste buds (and your Instagram feed) will thank you.

Ingredients and Instructions

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious masterpiece:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked tri-color quinoa
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and pine nuts.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients until well combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat.
  4. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 5 days.

This Rainbow Quinoa Caprese Salad is the perfect balance of flavors and textures, and it’s sure to become a new staple in your recipe rotation. So why not head over to HomeCookingRocks.com and give it a try? Your taste buds (and your Instagram followers) will thank you.

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