This Italian Caprese Chopped Salad was an absolute hit last night at dinner. It’s slightly time consuming to cut each baby tomato, but totally worth it! It goes great with my Citrus Marinated Flank Steak!
You will need a better fruit and vegetable chopper for making Italian Caprese Chopped Salad.
- 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 packages of grape tomatoes (sliced each in half)
- 12 ounces Mozzarella Cheese balls (diced into pieces)
- Fresh Basil Leaves (shredded)
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Toss all ingredients together and serve!
Variations of Italian Caprese Chopped Salad
There are a number of variations on the Italian Caprese chopped salad, some of which are as follows.
- Classic Caprese: fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Arugula Caprese: adds arugula to the classic recipe for a peppery kick.
- Caprese Salad with Avocado: a classic recipe with the addition of avocado for extra creaminess and taste.
- Pesto Caprese: adds pesto sauce to the classic recipe for extra flavour.
- Grilled Caprese: adds grilled vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini and peppers to the classic recipe.
- Fruit Caprese Salad: adds fruit like strawberries, blueberries or figs to the classic recipe.
- Quinoa Caprese Salad: adds quinoa as a base for a more satisfying and nutritious salad.
- Cucumber Caprese: adds cucumber to the classic recipe for crunch and freshness.
Can you make caprese salad ahead of time?
It is best to serve Italian caprese chopped salad but you can make it ahead of time. You can make it and keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container.
Do you eat caprese salad with a fork?
You can eat caprese salad with a fork or a spoon. There are no set standards. However, fork is a better choice for this salad.
Is caprese salad keto?
Because caprese salad is low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats from olive oil and protein from mozzarella cheese, it can be part of a keto diet. The main ingredients in a classic Caprese salad are tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and olive oil. All of these are keto-friendly.
However, some Caprese salad variations, such as those with added fruit, quinoa or other grains, may not be suitable for ketogenic dieters.
It’s always a good idea to have a look at the ingredients and be mindful of the portion size.
It’s also worth remembering that while the salad itself may be keto-friendly, a side of bread or crackers served with it may not be.
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This page was last updated on January 19, 2023.