Caprese Quinoa Salad

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Salad recipes tend to be bland and boring. They feature predictable vegetables and toppings, which means unless you are a die-hard salad lover, salad ennui will set in quickly. Luckily, this Caprese Quinoa Salad jazzes things up and makes salad exciting again. Healthy salads are a great option for lunch, dinner, or even a snack, and this is one of the best.

Quinoa is one of the best foods for people interesting in improving their diet. It is a grain, but it contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a great vegetarian source of protein. It is a great substitute for pasta or rice, but also makes a great salad base. It’s a super food and we love it for so many reasons.

In addition to the quinoa, this salad has a special Italian flair. You’ll love the crisp, fresh flavor of basil and tomato in this heart salad. If you are looking for a dish your family will request, especially during the warmer summer months, this is a great option!

SkinnyMs. recently released a new Quinoa Recipe eBook with scrumptious dishes like, Enchiladas Verde, Asian Stir-Fry and even Apple Crumb Cake…all made with what might be the world’s most perfect food, Quinoa.

We’re excited to have this delicious super food recipe contributed by our good friend Mimi of Heavenly Healthy.

Caprese Quinoa Salad

Caprese Quinoa Salad

Yields: 6 | Serving size: 1 Cup | Calories: 259 | Total Fat: 5 gm | Saturated Fats: 2 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 4 mg | Sodium: 436 mg | Carbohydrates: 40 gm | Dietary fiber: 9 gm | Sugars: 4 gm | Protein: 12 gm | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6 |


  • 1 cup dry quinoa (rinse well), cook according package directions
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chopped cucumber
  • 2 medium diced cloves garlic
  • 5 large or 10 small fresh, sliced basil leaves
  • 1 tsp grated ginger root
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 baby carrots, diced
  • 1 cup of broccoli sprouts (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped low fat mozzarella cheese (can also use feta cheese)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar, to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving.

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13 Comments on "Caprese Quinoa Salad"

  1. Marianne Shaver Klem  April 23, 2012

    Where do you get lemon grass and ginger paste?

    • skinnyms  April 24, 2012

      Marianne, Lemongrass can be found in the spice section. Ground ginger will work if you can't find paste. Thanks!

      • misty  May 1, 2013

        where can i find the recipe for your southwestern quinoa salad? i have made it twice before and love it, but can not find the recipe now….

        • Skinny Ms.  May 2, 2013

          Misty, We don’t have a Southwestern Quinoa Salad…sorry! Sounds like one I’ll have make. 🙂

        • Sherri Rimmer  July 31, 2013

          I just searched for it and found it, first try.

        • Susan  August 11, 2013

          Misty, maybe you are thinking about the "Quinoa with Black Beans". It is southwestern and really really good. I make it every other week. You can find it here just search for that title.

  2. Kali  April 23, 2012

    Quinoa is awesome–so good for you and so easy to make. But where do you go to buy all of these specialty ingredients? Thanks!

    • skinnyms  April 24, 2012

      Kali, Lemongrass and ginger can be found in the spice section. Ground ginger will work in place of ginger paste. Thanks!

  3. Kathy  July 26, 2012

    I love quinoa and caprese both….can't wait to try this!

  4. job  June 13, 2013

    Lemongrass is mentioned a few times in the Q&A's but I don't see it mentioned in the recipe. Is it supposed to be in it?

    • Skinny Ms.  June 15, 2013

      It was in the recipe but was replaced because it’s such a hard to find item. The recipe works great with the ingredients listed.

  5. Jodi  June 16, 2013

    This is really good. I was surprised at how much salt it took, but I really like what the flavors do together. Thanks!

  6. Cheryl Kepner  September 1, 2013

    I made this for supper tonight and it was FANTASTIC! Incredibly flavorful. Was able to find fat-free feta cheese, which made it perfect. It's a pain to chop all the veggies with an arthritic hand, but it was soooooo worth it.


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