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Caprese Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

Tammy OverhoffTammy Overhoff
This Caprese Salad with Cherry Tomatoes is one of the most delicious and easiest summer salad recipes. It’s made with fresh mozzarella cut into bite-sized pieces, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. This chopped Caprese salad is naturally gluten-free, making it the perfect party or bbq side dish or main course.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 people
Calories 152 kcal

Equipment

  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large mixing bowl or serving bowl

Ingredients
  

For the balsamic vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons melted honey

For the salad

  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes
  • 1 16-ounce fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil

Instructions
 

  • Start by putting the balsamic dressing together.
  • Then slice the cherry tomatoes in half. Place the cherry tomatoes into a large bowl.
  • Cut the fresh mozzarella into small bite-sized pieces and place those into the bowl with the tomatoes.
  • Tear or cut the fresh basil leaves into pieces and sprinkle them on top of the tomatoes and mozzarella.
  • Pour the dressing into the tomato mixture and stir.
  • Season with salt and black pepper. Don't forget this step, because adding in a little salt helps all of the flavors pop.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerator for about an hour. You can enjoy this immediately, but I like to give the balsamic time to soak into the cheese and tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle with additional fresh basil before serving.

Notes

If you’re making this for a party, you can assemble the Caprese cherry tomato salad 24 hours before, leaving out the fresh basil. Give it a couple of stirs before serving and, if needed, add more dressing. Stir in the fresh basil before serving.
Leftovers will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. The tomatoes might be a little shriveled but still tasty.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 23mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 661IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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