Caprese Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes

Savory meets refreshing in this delightful dish that brings together the classic flavors of Caprese with wholesome quinoa. These Caprese Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes are a vibrant addition to your summer menu, perfect for gatherings or a light, satisfying meal.

Each juicy, ripe tomato is carefully hollowed out to create a vibrant edible vessel. The filling is a delightful mixture of cooked quinoa, fresh mozzarella pearls, diced vine-ripened tomatoes, and chopped basil leaves. This combination provides a rich texture and a burst of flavors in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 6 large tomatoes, ripe and firm
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting off the tops of the large tomatoes and carefully hollowing them out. Sprinkle the insides with a touch of salt and set them upside down on a paper towel to drain.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, mozzarella pearls, diced vine-ripened tomatoes, and chopped basil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then gently toss to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Generously stuff each hollowed tomato with the quinoa mixture, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Chill the stuffed tomatoes in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before serving, allowing the flavors to meld.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

These Caprese Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes are a delightful blend of fresh flavors and wholesome ingredients, perfect for summer gatherings.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 210, Total Fat: 12g, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 9g

Savory, juicy tomatoes stuffed with the goodness of quinoa and mozzarella bring a burst of Italian-inspired flavors to your table. With each spoonful, you’ll enjoy the satisfying contrast of the tender tomato against the nutty quinoa and creamy mozzarella. The fresh basil adds an aromatic note that elevates the dish, while the balsamic vinegar and olive oil tie everything together with their tangy richness.

Whether you’re hosting an outdoor gathering, a picnic, or simply craving a light yet substantial meal, these Caprese Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes offer a delightful and nutritious option. The recipe’s simplicity allows the ingredients to shine, and the dish pairs wonderfully with a crisp white wine or a refreshing iced tea.

So gather your ripest tomatoes and prepare to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the essence of summer. Bite into the freshness, share with loved ones, and savor the taste of this twist on a classic favorite.