Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Olive & Tomato Quinoa Salad

Ripe red tomatoes, salty black olives, and fresh mozzarella are tossed with quinoa and a simple vinaigrette for an easy summertime meal.

 I’m an admirer of French cuisine (this and this are some of my cookbook staples) and I have a soft spot in my heart for summertime Provencal recipes. The kind of recipe that calls for fresh garden produce, lots of herbs, olive oil, and expensive cheese.  And of course - minimal cooking. I think this may be due to reading too many Peter Mayle novels. Is anyone with me?

Anyhow, this recipe fills the bill for summertime.  Quinoa cooks quickly so you don’t need to slave over a hot stove.  Everything else is fresh and delicious – requiring just a quick chop, then a stir into the warm quinoa. 
Don’t forget your glass of icy Pastis.

Olive & Tomato Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup dry quinoa (cooked)
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped salty black olives
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mozzarella (we used bocconcini; the little balls)
  • large handful chopped fresh basil
  • scant 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • scant 1/3 cup olive oil
Cook quinoa as usual (add 2 cups water, simmer for 15-20 minutes or until all water is absorbed). 
Coarsely chop cherry tomatoes, olives, fresh mozzarella, and basil.  Set aside.
Whisk oil & vinegar together in liquid measuring cup or small bowl.  Drizzle over the hot cooked quinoa and stir to combine.  Wait until the quinoa is not too hot (you don’t want to melt the mozzarella), then stir in all the chopped veggies and herbs.  Top with a pretty cherry tomato & sprig of basil and serve.


  1. That looks delicious! I love quinoa!

  2. This looks delicious!
    I nominated you on my blog for the Versatile Blogger award :) You can read about it on my blog if you so choose. http://milk-and.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/beef-and-bean-sausage-rolls.html

  3. Looks yummy. I did something similar for a party we recently held but added sun dried tomato instead. I would highly recommend giving that a try too!

  4. We've been eating quinoa/tomato salads like crazy around here (any excuse to eat those sweet tasty tomatoes!). I love that you add mozzarella and olives to the mix - looks delish and is such a great tribute to summer.

  5. Dinner Tonight! This looks delish. Love Quinoa Salads and for some reason never thought to Caprese it up!


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