Italian Market Quinoa Salad

I love getting together with friends and creating a new recipe that I know everyone will love. I use quinoa for a lot of what I do but this recipe combined a lot of my favorites in one great dish. I am alittle spoiled with the italian market one block away. I have access to some ingredients that are very special.

Keep in mind I made this recipe to feed a crowd so feel free to change the amount if need to.

1 1/2 Cups Raw Quinoa
3 Cups Water
1 Large Bunch Basil Chopped Fine
2 Bell Peppers Chopped
1/2 Pound Fresh Mozzarella
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbs Agave
1/4 Pound Sun dried Tomato in Oil

Start by toasting raw quinoa in a hot pan. After a few minutes add water and salt. Bring to a boil and allow Quinoa to cook. While cooking chop mozzarella, basil and pepper. Separate tomatoes from oil, chop and add to other chopped ingredients. Save remaining oil to dress salad at the end. Once quinoa is done allow it cool while fluffing with a spoon occasionally. Once cool add quinoa to the mix of other ingredients, add agave and start adding oil from tomatoes one Tbsp at a time until everything is evenly coated. Mix well and enjoy!



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