Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad

My loyal blog readers know there are some picky palates in my family. So when my youngest mentioned he had been making quinoa while away at college, I jumped at the chance to make this Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad!
Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad | A tasty twist on the classic Italian salad with peaches and quinoa

Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad

I’ve mixed tomatoes and peaches to make a delightfully delicious salad in the past, so I had a feeling this twist on the classic Caprese salad would be wonderful. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil are the usual components. Adding some sweet, juicy peaches and quinoa didn’t alter the flavor palate, in fact, it was enhanced.

Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad | A tasty twist on the classic Italian salad with peaches and quinoa

Quinoa

Finally, a child who is willing to try new dishes! As an undergrad, Nick found a fondness for sushi, Indian food and even asked me for a lesson on making omelets and a few entrees. While at Fogo de Chao’s salad bar last month, I noticed he loaded up on a quinoa salad. It was then he revealed that he and his roomies cooked quinoa with veggies in their rice maker (I bet not too many college guys have a rice maker in their apartment!). I took that as a challenge to create a yummy quinoa salad for the both of us. Quinoa is a healthy, gluten-free, ancient grain with a low glycemic index, protein, and even some anti-inflammatory properties. Plus it tastes fabulous! Just ask Nick.

Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad | A tasty twist on the classic Italian salad with peaches and quinoa

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Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad | A tasty twist on the classic Italian salad with peaches and quinoa

Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad

Serves 4-6 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

A twist on the classic Italian salad with the addition of quinoa and fresh, juicy peaches

Ingredients

    For quinoa

    • 1 cup quinoa
    • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (may use a vegetable broth or salted water for a vegan version)

    For salad dressing

    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    For salad

    • 1-pint cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
    • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, pearl sized
    • 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped (ripe, sweet peaches work best)
    • 2 tablespoons chopped basil (or use small basil leaves)

    Instructions

    1. Make quinoa by following the package instructions and cooking it in chicken broth.
    2. Whisk together dressing ingredients as quinoa is cooking.
    3. When quinoa is cooked (and still warm), add it to a mixing bowl and toss with half the dressing. Let cool.
    4. When quinoa is at room temperature, add the remaining ingredients plus the rest of the salad dressing, toss, and serve.

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 537kcal Calories from fat 303
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 34g52%
    Saturated Fat 10g50%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 45mg15%
    Sodium 529mg22%
    Carbohydrate 40g13%
    Dietary Fiber 5g20%
    Sugars 10g
    Protein 20g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    Comments

    1. Nick is acting more grown up than me… I still haven’t tried quinoa. No doubt this salad is very good, the dressing sounds great:@)

    2. Love the combo of flavours, Liz. This is an amazing late summer salad.

    3. Tomatoes and peaches are such a delicious combo. wow! a rice maker in their dorm. Your son sounds like a real food lover. Beautiful salad Liz!

    4. I do love this kind of salad; the color is wonderful.
      Love

    5. My kind of salad for sure!

    6. This is my kind of summery salad, I love caprese anything!

    7. peach is such a cool ingredient to add to a caprese! definitely something i have to try next time. Xx

    8. As always your photos make me drool! What a delicious combination, this salad must taste amazing.
      I love adding fruits in salads. Loved it! 🙂

    9. Love your take on the classic Caprese! It’s so funny (and wonderful) when your kid’s taste buds finally wake up and they become more adventuresome!

    10. Very interesting! I love salads!

    11. Looks like a delicious salad. I love the peaches that were added to this Caprese salad.

    12. I love it when family members will try new things! I’m lucky that Andrew accepts almost anything I serve him, and Emily is very adventurous. Rachel? Well, I’m still working on her…

    13. First of all – very colorful salad, and it’s inviting!
      Second – we really quinoa and eat it at least once a week. this combo is unique and I LOVE it 🙂

    14. Um gorgeous salad. I love that you added peaches to the classic caprese. And you had me drooling I haven’t been to Fogo de Chao in years!!

    15. Yay Nick! Isn’t he the doctor? Looks like he’s walking a very healthy path indeed! And finding an even bigger place in his mummy’s heart 🙂

    16. I’ve yet to try quinoa but I’m happy to hear Nick is expanding his palette. Is Bill next?

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