Berry Caprese Salad with Light Balsamic Vinaigrette

Caprese Salad mixed with greens and berries, tossed with a light, homemade balsamic vinaigrette – I could live on this stuff!

Berries Caprese Salad | | Caprese Salad mixed with greens and berries - I can LIVE on this stuff! | #recipe #capresesalad #berries

Time and I have got to sit down and have a discussion. I just want to ask him/her/it, what’s the rush, dude?? Why do you go by so fast?

One day my husband and I were discussing the idea about having little ones, the next minute, I’m living in the ‘burbs, sitting at a preschool graduation for my little nugget. What the what?!


Seriously, this just happened. That’s my oldest, Ana. I was so surprised that she went up on that stage and, not only did she pick up a diploma, but she also sang her heart out in front of couple-hundred people! That shocked me. I always was afraid that she might end up the opposite of me, but NOPE! She is just like ME! Loud and proud! I’m SO thrilled about that!

Also? Don’t I look like I’m 23? (LIE to me!) I mean, am I really in my mid-30’s???
But I feel 23!

This is kind of too much. I think I’mma need a few mojitos to get over it. With a side of this colorful, flavorful, bold Berry Caprese Salad.
How’s that for an introduction? It’s like I’m introducing the Ms. America of Salads. Or, Ms. Italy.

Berry Caprese Salad | | Caprese Salad mixed with greens and berries - I can LIVE on this stuff! | #recipe #capresesalad #berries

I can enjoy a caprese salad every day, for the rest of my life. In any shape and form. I know, I know… it’s a summer salad, it’s too soon… I know. BUT, if you’ve been around these parts for a while, you will know that I try to throw tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in just about anything that I can find.
We have, Caprese Pizza Rolls, my kid’s favorite, this incredible Caprese Bread Pudding which I HIGHLY recommend, and MY personal all-time favorite, a Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  That’s the best lunch treat.

However, if you are looking for a lighter fare, this Berry Salad is it. I was first introduced to the berry-mozzarella marriage a few years back when I participated in French Friday’s with Dorie. That Mozzarella, Tomato, and Strawberry Salad was the start of my berries-with-mozzarella obsession. Before that, it was berries with feta. I LOVE that combo!

Berry Caprese Salads | | Caprese Salad mixed with greens and berries - I can LIVE on this stuff! | #recipe #capresesalad #berries

Thus, the dealio is; time flies, stay 23, and include the caprese-salad-mixture in everything.


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Berry Caprese Salad with Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Caprese Salad mixed with greens and berries, tossed with a homemade, light balsamic vinaigrette.
Serves: Serves 4
For the Salad
  • 4 to 6 cups salad greens
  • 2 cups mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries...)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 3 to 4 basil leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1 cup halved pecans
For the Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  1. In a large serving bowl, combine all the salad ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients; whisk until well incorporated.
  3. Add the vinaigrette dressing to the salad; toss to combine.
  4. Serve.


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  1. says

    I would very much like to stay 24 at least for awhile. I feel like time is going too fast and life is slipping away from me and I’ve accomplished nothing. Aaaaaahhhhhh! I need to make this salad – it looks so yummy!

  2. says

    This is seriously my kind of salad! I feel 23 too….but I realize every day, I am farther from that each day. And just wait until your kids are 13, it absolutely flies by. So happy to go through all of that again:)


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