Roasted Beet Mozzarella Salad with Quinoa

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This is a twist on a classic Italian antipasta - Insalata Caprese, using roasted beetroot instead of tomatoes and quinoa for a healthy and satisfying lunch salad, which is very easy and quick to put together.

  • 2 Beetroot, roasted
  • 200 g Buffalo mozzarella
  • Chives
  • 5 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup Cooked quinoa
  1. Cut the roasted beet into 1cm thick slices. Drain and slice the buffalo mozzarella into thick pieces. Arrange them alternately on a serving platter so that they overlap.
  2. Cut the chives into thin rings. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, pinch of sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Pour half of the dressing over the salad and allow it to marinate for 5 minutes. Toss the cooked quinoa with the rest of the dressing and some chives. Mound the well tossed quinoa in the center of the beet-mozzarella salad. Sprinkle some chives and sea salt over. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Rosa's Yummy Yums 12/11/12 07:35

Beautiful! Exactly what I like...



Guru Uru 12/11/12 08:03

I love your presentation of this salad my friend :D

Choc Chip Uru

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef 12/11/12 08:13

What a lovely plate of food and one I would be happy to consume pretty much all on my own. :)

Priya 12/11/12 08:21

Give me that place, i'll happily finish it for my lunch, catchy and healthy.

thecompletecookbook 12/11/12 08:26

This is perfect for a summer's day lunch.
:-) Mandy

Ann@Anncoo Journal 12/11/12 09:07

Your salad is always pretty and well presentation. Love to bits :)

baker in disguise 12/11/12 09:32

am right now on a beetroot binge.. every second day.. its beetroot juice day.. this would be a good change!!

StephenC 12/11/12 10:22

A perfect idea to get my appetite going and to provide a feast for the eyes. Excellent!

Mich Piece of Cake 12/11/12 10:27

What a brilliant idea to substitute the tomatoes for roasted beet roots!

Anne Regalado 12/11/12 10:58

Healthy and delicious salad , Angie ! Love this tasty combo !

Emma @ Food, Fork and Good 12/11/12 11:17

I just bought a bag of Quinoa andI've been wondering what things I can make from it, this actually looks really nice, and I love beetroot, so I might just give this one a go!

My Kitchen Stories. 12/11/12 11:31

looks colourful and fresh Angie, You ate well that day didnt you

My Italian Smorgasbord 12/11/12 11:56

what an easy, yummy and healthy idea for a lunch or light dinner. just what I would love to have right now! bookmarked, thank you!

Belinda @zomppa 12/11/12 12:03

This makes me want to go bask in the sun while enjoying good food and company!

Kitcheninspirations 12/11/12 12:06

How delightful with the roasted beet root particularly since tomatoes are no longer in season. The quinoa is a wonderful satisfying addition. I'll be doing s similar salad this weekend for a dinner party.

suhaina aji 12/11/12 12:07

Love the excellent presentation. Very healthy and i love quinoa. Nice one Angie.

Vicki Bensinger 12/11/12 12:34

This is a brilliant idea and wonderful combination. I love beets with buffalo mozzarella. Combining it with quinoa is a nice healthy twist.

Norma Chang 12/11/12 13:57

Love this idea very, very much and such lovely presentation.

Nammi 12/11/12 17:45

yumm, beautiful looking dish. love the contrast of the white mozzarella to the dark purple beets

twodogsinthekitchen 12/11/12 18:33

Another very lovely dish. The presentation is gorgeous. I bet the taste is as well!

Susan 12/11/12 18:37

Your presentation is always flawless! I am adding this to our Thanksgiving table--where "veggies" take center stage sans the turkey:-D

katherine Martinelli 12/11/12 18:41

This is so pretty! I love beets and this is a perfect fall/winter solution to caprese when tomatoes aren't their best.

Kate@Diethood 12/11/12 18:45

Angie, this is a great idea!! Would love to have a bite!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 12/11/12 20:35

You are so good at staging your photos! Beets are one of my husband's favorite foods, but I still haven't tried them. I really need to do that. :)

Aicha Dalgic 12/11/12 21:21

Oh these are brilliant

and delicious and I think

the other half should be sent to me :)

you can also pass to my blog :)

oh yesss !! I love the quality of your pictures !

good night :) kisses from Belguim..

RavieNomNoms 12/11/12 22:20

So colorful and tasty!!! Just fantastic!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 12/11/12 22:30

A feast for the eyes and palate, Angie! I am so happy I enjoy beets! If ever I am in a restaurant and a beet salad is on the menu I will order it. I love this version with the mozzarella and quinoa!

mylittleitaliankitchen 12/11/12 22:41

Buonissimo! I love the presentation Angie. It is a great tasting and great looking dish.

Bibi @ Veggie Runners 12/11/12 22:51

Did you know that beetroot is basically rocket fuel for athletes? I make a beetroot salad here - - but it's about 10,000 times less beautiful looking than yours, I'm afraid.

OohLookBel 12/11/12 23:31

The arrangement of the beetroot and mozzarella slices is so pretty. I prefer beetroot to tomatoes, so this is something I'm going to try.

mjskit 13/11/12 02:46

I really wished I liked beets because this is a gorgeous salad!!!

Koko 13/11/12 02:58

Gorgeous presentation! Nothing like fresh beautiful mozzarella.....!

Jasna Varcakovic 13/11/12 04:02

...looks wonderful; love every single ingredient!

Veena Theagarajan 13/11/12 04:38

Looks great! My favourite grain and vegetable.. Good combination

Debra Eliotseats 13/11/12 12:14

I definitely pinned this for when my beets are ready to pull. This sounds fabulicious! (And healthy!) We are becoming beet (and beet greens) lovers around here.

Penny 13/11/12 15:21

I love beets after a rocky childhood start with them. Then they seemed nasty and slimy. Now they are beautiful and earthy. Love this colorful combination.

Vidya 13/11/12 17:46

I love beetroots and this salad looks so refreshing and yumm.

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 13/11/12 17:49

You know I love a good roasted beet - but combining with Mozzarella - brilliant. Love your "thought" of the day. Must share that one with my husband!

Jenn Kendall 13/11/12 18:03

this is such a creative and delicious looking dish!! awesome job!

Katerina 13/11/12 18:46

I so much prefer beetroots than tomatoes! Excellent idea!

The Café Sucré Farine 13/11/12 18:51

Angie, this looks like a beautiful and unique lunch. I love everything about it!

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Fimère 13/11/12 20:23

superbe présentation ça doit être excellent
bonne soirée

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 13/11/12 21:55

I love how you've styled this Angie. Everything you touch becomes a work of art!

Patty 13/11/12 23:13

Just perfect, my kind of colorful, healthy salad;-)

[Reply] 13/11/12 23:55

Gorgeous presentation, and what a great twist on the classic caprese salad. Love this, Angie! x

the food dude 14/11/12 01:11

What a great salad, a healthy and complete meal in itself!

Kiran @ 14/11/12 02:01

Magazine worthy photos!! And I love roasted beets here, paired deliciously with mozzarella :)

Elisabeth 14/11/12 02:16

Love beets, and this is such an unusual gorgeous, and healthy salad that I would love to make! Beautiful presentations, as well:)

rita cooks italian 14/11/12 02:47

Dear Angie, I am a beetroot lover! I love the sweet beetroot combined with mayonnaise and rye bread. I like classic caprese, but I love this delicious alternative ...bufala and beetroot!

Lizzy Do 14/11/12 02:55

Oh, my!!! I wish I had thought of this!!! What a fantastic salad....a twist on my favorite caprese! Perfect autumnal version :)

Ilke 14/11/12 03:30

Now that tomato season is over, this is going to take its place. Bet goes well with bulgur too, instead of quinoa. I got carried over and bought too much bulgur at the Middle Eastern market, I keep making your bulgur bread :)
I love beets. I used to hate the jarred pickled ones but now that I started roasting it, I fell in love again.

teresa 14/11/12 04:19

oh this is so pretty! what a delicious salad!

Helene Dsouza 14/11/12 11:28

I am collecting quinoa recipes in the last days, so I have an excuse to buy it. Otherwise it will end up somewhere forgotten in the pantry. ^.^

Looks terrific, I miss quality mozzarella in my life.

Gloria 14/11/12 15:41

Love this look amazing and love mozarella!!! nice pictures Angie!

Spicie Foodie 14/11/12 17:54

My mouth is watering! I would have never thought to pair beets and mozzarella -what a great idea. Can't wait to try this:) Gorgeous photos Angie.

Asmita 14/11/12 19:25

Hi Angie,
Your presentation is always so beautiful! What a gorgeous salad! I made a beet salad this week from Ina's latest book "Foolproof". But prefer the flavors and presentation for this one! This is a must do!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 14/11/12 19:43

I am going for my 3rd try of making mozza tonight (2 fails so far). I successful I have to try this variant with beet, looks great.

Geni 14/11/12 19:50

We need to have some added vegetarian offerings at our Thanksgiving table this year, and you can bet this will be on it! Thank you so much! It looks fabulous!

Devaki 14/11/12 20:14

I love your food combinations Angie - mozz and beets sound great like a really grown up caprese and I would never have thought to serve this with couscous. Excellent!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Suzi 14/11/12 21:52

What a beautiful salad, I love this idea and I love beets. Nice switch from tomatoes, Pretty.

Juliana 15/11/12 01:22

Beautiful dish the beetroot and this is sure nicely together with quinoa and fresh cheese.
Hope you are having a great week :)

Munatycooking 15/11/12 04:46

Beautiful presentation! This salad looks elegant and can the star at any party.

Words Of Deliciousness 15/11/12 05:36

I love the colors of this salad. Photos are great!

Kim - Liv Life 15/11/12 06:36

I've been somewhat obsessed with quinoa lately... this is a must try!!!

Joanne 15/11/12 13:26

I love this fall-inspired caprese!!

kitchen flavours 15/11/12 15:52

A lovely plate of salad! I have never tried quinoa before! Would love to!

Velva 15/11/12 17:11

Is that pretty or what> Love beets, love mozzarella too. Nice combination.

nancy at good food matters 15/11/12 17:30

Beautiful---and the wintertime beets take the place of tomatoes very nicely.

Gerry @Foodness Gracious 15/11/12 22:30

Just like a beet caprese, this is genius and one I'll be making in the future!! Great as always Angie..

Rebecca Subbiah 15/11/12 22:43

this looks so good, and I am with everyone else amazing presentation

Cass @foodmyfriend 16/11/12 01:25

This looks awesome Angie. I have been trying to make salads all week because I have had a cold and I'm trying to load up on vitamins. I have used a few of your salad ideas. Love them!

Cake Duchess 16/11/12 03:08

I can't get enough of beets these days. Love your pairing it with mozzarella-something I haven't had and would like to try:)

Beth 16/11/12 04:34

Roasted beets are delicious. What a healthy salad!

The Squishy Monster 16/11/12 06:06

As hard as I try to eat beets because they're so good for me, I can't seem to incorporate them into my diet as often as I'd like--I love the idea of tossing it together with some mozz---beets, here I come! =)

ulasan mobil 17/11/12 07:40

very nice salad. i think it is a portion of 2 people. it is so nice that the beetroot can be roasted.

lena 17/11/12 16:04

so beautifully presented! how i wish you could share some with me! Ha!

Kristen 17/11/12 18:14

I just adore beets . That salad sounds wonderful with the cheese and quinoa, too.

EA-The Spicy RD 18/11/12 23:53

I absolutely love this salad! Great idea to combine roasted beets with buffalo mozzarella, plus love the addition of quinoa. So pretty too!

Amy 19/11/12 10:01

What a beautiful dish. It would make the perfect side dish for entertaining and gathering.

tigerfish 20/11/12 01:05

I like the contrast of the beets and mozzarella - the colors, textures, taste! Awesome combination.

My Little Space 20/11/12 13:01

Your salad always look so colourful & scrumptious. Droooling here....

The Duo Dishes 20/11/12 17:43

The beets and mozzarella are great, great, great together! Love the color combination.

Roz P. 21/11/12 00:23

Angie, you have taken one of my favorite veggies (beets) with creamy mozzarella and made such a creative salad! Just wonderful! I hope that you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Big hugs,

MaryMoh 3/12/12 19:16

I have just started learning how to cook quinoa. It's actually so good to eat healthy. Love your beautiful combination with beetroot and mozzarella.


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