I love buying those little pre-paid salad packages from the store (and they’re great in a pinch), but the price of them adds up quickly.
One of my favorites is the small batch caprese salad, so I tweaked it to make a few more servings and it was whole lot cheaper than buying individual ones.
Plus, I could add in just what I wanted because I usually pick out the arugula pieces in the store bought ones.
How to make Caprese Salad
This is a very simple recipe. You can add or take out anything you do or don’t prefer in your caprese salad. Many salads call for arugula, but we personally aren’t fans of the taste so we opt for spinach or butter leaves.
Step 1: In a bowl, toss together greens, tomatoes, cheese, basil, and olive oil.
Step 2: Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top of the salad, and serve. You can also find a type of balsamic reserve at the store.
How to make a layered Caprese salad
If you are more into the mozzarella and tomatoes with sprigs of arugula, you could easily do that. All you need are:
-1 large roma tomato
-about 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese
-1/4 cup fresh arugula or basil leaves
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar/glaze.
-salt and pepper to garnish if desired.
Simply slice the ingredients into thin slices, and layer the cheese and tomatoes at a slant. Place arugula or basil leaves around the slanted row. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Garnish with a dash of salt and pepper if desired.
What kind of tomatoes are best for caprese salad?
Depending on the type of caprese salad you are making, determines what tomatoes you should use. However, we have a few recommendations.
-If you are making a green salad with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, we recommend using cherry tomatoes, as pictured.
The cherry tomatoes add a nice look to the flavor, and are already perfectly bite size.
-If you are making a layered caprese salad, we recommend using ripe-vine tomatoes, roma tomatoes or heirloom tomatoes.
You could really use any tomato, but those are the ones we personally recommend.
What would I serve as a main dish?
If I had to pick one food to eat with this caprese salad, it would be a juicy, tender steak. One of our favorite steak recipes, is our Juicy Marinated Steak recipe.
We also love our Easy Club Chicken recipe with this caprese salad. The flavors combine so well with the savory balsamic glaze.
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- Mom’s Traditional Pasta Salad
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- Loaded Broccoli Salad
- The Best Creamy Pasta Salad
- Balsamic Steak Salad
Caprese Salad Recipe
- 4 cups power greens (or greens of your choice)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella pearls
- ½ cup fresh basil chopped
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- In a bowl, toss together greens, tomatoes, cheese, basil, and olive oil.
- Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top of the salad, and serve.
- One of our favorite main dish to serve this with is our Juicy Marinated Steak recipe.
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