Three white ramekins full of prepared fresh caprese salad surrounded by ingredient pieces on a bamboo board over a white wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Fresh Caprese Salad

Make fresh Caprese salad for a slight twist on the traditional appetizer. Use balsamic vinaigrette for a punch of flavor everyone will love!

Traditional Caprese Salad uses tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, olive oil, and salt. But you know I don’t do traditional very often in my kitchen. Instead, we decided to change a few things for an easy, fresh Caprese salad.

What did we change? Quite a few things, actually. Here’s a look at what Wikipedia has to say about fresh Caprese salad:

Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil, occasionally paired with arugula. It is usually arranged on a plate in restaurant practice. Like pizza Margherita, it features the colours of the Italian flag: green, white, and red. In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto (starter), not a contorno (side dish) and may be eaten any time of day.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprese_salad

Well, we did one thing right, we had this as an appetizer! And we kept the colors true to the traditional green, white, and red. But instead of basil or arugula, we made ours with spinach leaves. We also replaced the olive oil with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing to add a punch of flavor.

We had some cherry tomatoes in the refrigerator leftover from a previous meal. Since they are already small, slicing wouldn’t work.

Well, with small tomatoes we needed small pieces of mozzarella. I love mozzarella cheese, especially in fried mozzarella, so we often have some on hand. Since I hate wasting food, we needed to do something with it. Justin decided that a fresh Caprese salad would be a great snack. So we started making it.

Chopped Caprese salad is perfect when you are entertaining. It’s perfect for individual servings. You can have small cups of it ready to go for your guests, or a large bowl with a spoon so they can serve themselves. This also makes it easier for kids to eat. But, if yours are anything like mine, they will eat around the green and red and go straight for the cheese.

Adding balsamic vinaigrette dressing is a great way to add flavor without overpowering everything else. I’ve had Caprese salad with the vinegar, and it’s very strong. By using the vinaigrette, you get the flavor without the tart.

Step by Step

Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and dice the fresh mozzarella cheese.

Chopped mozzarella cheese and sliced cherry tomatoes on a bamboo cutting board on a wooden surface

Place the tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Add the chopped spinach and gently stir it together.

Three white ramekins full of prepared fresh caprese salad surrounded by ingredient pieces on a bamboo board over a white wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: March 13, 2020

Three white ramekins full of prepared fresh caprese salad surrounded by ingredient pieces on a bamboo board over a white wooden surface

Fresh Caprese Salad

Make fresh Caprese salad for a slight twist on the traditional appetizer. Use balsamic vinaigrette for a punch of flavor everyone will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: mozzarella, salad, tomato
Servings: 8 servings
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 5 oz mozzarella cheese (fresh)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 1/2 cup spinach (shredded)

Instructions

  • Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and dice the fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Place the tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • Add the chopped spinach and gently stir it together
  • Caprese salad is best served chilled or immediately after making
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Nutrition Facts
Fresh Caprese Salad
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cups)
Calories 46 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 193IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 thoughts on “Fresh Caprese Salad”

  1. I have been looking for new options to add to my weekly menu and this one just makes me salivate! I love everything about tomatoes on salads and I feel that they are the best option for summer! This year I didn’t plant any on my garden but next season I will make sure that I have a few plants!

  2. Caprese salad is one of my favorites! I love your dedication to avoiding food waste. It inspires me to do the same.

    1. We try very hard not to waste anything at our house. Even the boys ask if things can go in the compost or recycle before they will throw something in the trash!

  3. I love the simplicity of a Caprese and one of my best friends makes a fabulous version. I think it’s great to give a dish your own signature touch too.

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