Caprese Salad mixed with greens and berries, tossed with a light, homemade balsamic vinaigrette – I could live on this stuff!
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.
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!
Thus, the dealio is; time flies, stay 23, and include the caprese-salad-mixture in everything.
BERRY CAPRESE SALAD WITH LIGHT BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
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
- In a large serving bowl, combine all the salad ingredients and set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients; whisk until well incorporated.
- Add the vinaigrette dressing to the salad; toss to combine.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.