Easy Caprese Salad

How was your weekend?  Did you managed to get snowed in with the rest of us in the Northern Hemisphere?  Or are you a lucky one living in the beauty of year round summer?  I dream of summer…all…the…time.  But enough about the weather…let’s talk food.  I love food.  I love eating it.  And I love experimenting with it.

Lately I’ve been having some fun in the kitchen, whipping up some dishes that I wouldn’t normally think of making for everyday life.  But sometimes meal time can get very tedious, so I figured we could all use some adventure at our table.  And that doesn’t mean meal preparation has to be complicated.  In fact, I think some of the best dishes are the easiest!  Take this Caprese Salad for example!  Easiest dish in the world to make.  Really it is.

And the flavours.  Wow!  I’d have to say that one of my most favourite flavours in the entire world is fresh basil.  Combined with beautiful fresh tomatoes and creamy Bocconcini cheese, and you have the most delicious salad ever.  Or appetizer.  Which ever.

Easy Caprese Salad

I love everything about this dish in all it’s cuteness with the mini Bocconcinis and mini tomatoes.  Love it.

Easy Caprese Salad

Not to mention the fact that it takes about 5 minutes to make.  Now that’s my kind of dish!

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Easy Caprese Salad

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini Bocconcini cheese
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 bunch fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. In a serving bowl, combine the cheese, tomatoes and basil.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the balsamic vinegar and oil.
  3. Toss the salad with the balsamic dressing.
  4. Sprinkle on fresh ground pepper.
  5. Let the salad rest for at least 5 minutes before serving. You can also make it about an hour ahead of time.

 

This salad is perfect served alongside a BBQ or roasted chicken.  Or with your favourite pasta dish.  Pure edible enjoyment!

Easy Caprese Salad

Have a delicious day!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Ali April 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM Yum! Such a classic! I love this! Happy Monday :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna April 15, 2013 at 4:24 PM Classic! Happy Monday to you too Ali!
  • Reply Melanie April 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM I love caprese salad! It is one of my go-to's in the summer. Great on its own or with grilled chicken. :-)
    • Reply Jo-Anna April 15, 2013 at 4:26 PM Me too! It's the best in the summer! Now if summer would just get here already, haha!
  • Reply Angie Roos April 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM This is one of my favorites, too! I buy fresh tomatoes and basil at the Farmer's Market through winter. It's not quite like growing your own, but it's still pretty great. In Edmonton, we go to the Italian Centre for Bocconcini, they have every size, from giant to tiny (even one size smaller than the mini's!) Pretty adorable.
  • Reply Jen Nikolaus April 16, 2013 at 11:58 PM Caprese is my FAVE!!! These pictures are killing me - I want some so bad right now! Might be a stupid question, but is this cheese already balled like this or did you do that? I freaking love your blog and am following you now! Hope you're having a great week! Best, Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.
    • Reply Jo-Anna April 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM There is no such thing as a stupid question over here! ;) This cheese comes in this mini size - just look for Mini Bocconcinis! Enjoy!
  • Reply Christine April 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM I sooo want some! That would make a perfect lunch today! Thanks sooo much for partying with me! Can’t wait to see what you link up at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality tomorrow evening!
  • Reply Christine at First Home Love Life April 30, 2013 at 8:56 PM I love caprese anything! I'm totally craving this now! I'd love for you to come link up this and some of your other projects at my new party! http://www.firsthomelovelife.com/2013/05/house-party-1-b-y-o-p.html
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  • Reply Easy Caprese Salad July 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM [...] are many ways to make this salad, including the mini tomato and mini bocconcini cheese version I made a while back.  But the same stands true for all caprese salads – they’re fresh, [...]
  • Reply Evelyn Lau August 19, 2016 at 3:45 PM Could I let it marinate over night?
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