Antipasto Quinoa Bowls: Barely a recipe, this cross between a quinoa bowl and a traditional Italian Antipasto course has all of my favorite things. Of course, the nice thing about it is you can make it your own! Be sure to check out the recipe for my quinoa flavor BOOST trick! | macheesmo.com
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Antipasto Quinoa Bowls

It seems like a lifetime ago (but was really only five years ago) that Betsy and I took our honeymoon in Italy. We spent two weeks traveling around and focused mainly on eating and drinking to our hearts’ content!

While some people focus on the pizza or pasta (or wine) in Italy, I focused on antipasto. It was my favorite part of each meal. Small plates of cured meats and veggies and cheeses that you could snack on. They were found in almost every restaurant and I ordered them every chance I got!

It’s harder to find a good antipasto plate in the States, but it’s not so hard to find the pieces to make your own.

While it’s obviously supposed to be served as an appetizer, I like this stuff so much that I’ll occasionally just pile the goods into a bowl of perfectly fluffy quinoa and call it a meal.

In truth, these antipasto quinoa bowls are a lazy man’s meal, but they are a really flavorful and good one!

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2 big bowls
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Antipasto Quinoa Bowls

Barely a recipe, this cross between a quinoa bowl and a traditional Italian Antipasto course has all of my favorite things.

Ingredients

2 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, minced
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
6-8 small mozzarella balls
2 oz. prosciutto
2-3 oz. Soppressata
Marinated artichokes
Roasted red peppers
Kalamata Olives
Fresh basil
Good olive oil
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Directions

1) Cook quinoa according to instructions. Usually this means simmering in water until tender (usually 15-20 minutes). Then drain, cover, and let steam off the heat for a few minutes and fluff with a fork.

2) After quinoa is cooked, stir together with sun-dried tomatoes and red wine vinegar. Season with a pinch of salt.

3) Divide quinoa between bowls and pile in cured meats, artichokes, mozzarella bowls, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives (check for pitts), and fresh basil.

4) Drizzle bowls with good olive oil and serve immediately.

Antipasto Quinoa Bowls

For my money, these are the things that need to be involved in an antipasto situation:

  • Some sort of cured meat (I used prosciutto and Soppressata).
  • Cheese (I used mini fresh marinated mozzarella balls).
  • Olives (I like kalamata for their saltiness).
  • Pickled veg (Use your imagination here, but I went with artichokes, red peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes).
Antipasto Quinoa Bowls

Good plate of food!

Cooking the quinoa is really the only “cooking” step for this meal. So don’t screw it up.

Cook your dry quinoa by rinsing it with cold water and then bringing water to simmer in a pot. I recommend a 2-1 ratio of water to quinoa. Once the water is simmering, add in the quinoa and cover it.

Turn heat down to low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. I like to taste it and make sure the quinoa is tender at that point. Assuming it is, use a mesh strainer to drain off any extra water so the quinoa doesn’t get mushy. Then return it to the pot, cover it, and remove it from the heat.

Let the quinoa steam for a few minutes and then uncover it and fluff it with a fork. It’s great hot or room temperature so you can make it in advance if you want.

Antipasto Quinoa Bowls

The quinoa biz.

The Sun-Dried Tomato Trick

I’m not a huge fan of eating whole sun-dried tomatoes, but I do love the flavor. So rather than serve them on the bowl, I chopped mine up and stirred them into the quinoa with a quick dash of red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Go easy on the salt because so many of the things in this bowl are pretty salty.

Antipasto Quinoa Bowls

Tomatoed.

After that, just make the bowl your own. Try not to have too much of any one ingredient.

I like to add a little fresh basil and a drizzle of good olive oil to the whole thing at the end.

Happy antipasto quinoa bowls and buon appetito! 

Antipasto Quinoa Bowls: Barely a recipe, this cross between a quinoa bowl and a traditional Italian Antipasto course has all of my favorite things. Of course, the nice thing about it is you can make it your own! Be sure to check out the recipe for my quinoa flavor BOOST trick! | macheesmo.com

Antipasto Quinoa Bowls: Barely a recipe, this cross between a quinoa bowl and a traditional Italian Antipasto course has all of my favorite things. Of course, the nice thing about it is you can make it your own! Be sure to check out the recipe for my quinoa flavor BOOST trick! | macheesmo.com

5 comments on “Antipasto Quinoa Bowls

  1. This is my kind of dinner! I never thought to serve the antipasto on quinoa. It reminds me of a dish I make.
    I mince some dried tomatoes and add them to the quinoa and cook. Fluff the quinoa then mix in some cubed mozzarella and chopped pickled artichokes and serve. It’s also good cold the next day.

  2. I made this for my work lunches this week, and it’s so good! I made the quinoa ahead of time for easy packing and added sautéed spinach for some secret extra veggies. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Thanks Nick for this awesome idea. My small kid got introduced to quinoa in the kindy and he just told me next week how he liked it. I was looking for a dish that would mix it with some fresh ingredients in a Mediterranean way. I may add some Feta as well, just to add a salty taste to the dish. I will let you know how it goes.
    Cheers!!

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