Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

With just 6 ingredients, this simple Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad will be your new go-to summer side!  This Italian Tomato Salad is made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3-ingredient balsamic vinaigrette. This Caprese Salad with Cherry Tomatoes tastes incredible!

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Caprese tomato salad with cherry tomatoes, italian tomato salad in bowl with basil leaves.

The BEST Italian Tomato Salad Recipe!

When the temps reach 90+ degrees, my dinner ambitions quickly go out the window.  The idea of turning on the oven, or even heating up the outdoor gas grill is less than appealing.  I tend to gravitate to salads like my Italian Chopped Salad and Grilled Salmon Salad that are substantial enough on their own, but light enough for a simple summer meal.  

This Caprese Salad with Cherry Tomatoes definitely fits into this category and is the perfect summer salad to enjoy any time the mood strikes. The best part of this salad is that it’s incredibly simple to make.  Since it’s just 6 ingredients, it comes together in moments, making for a fantastic no-fuss side dish or even meal on its own.  

Here are the simple steps to making this fantastic Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad:

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

Step 1: Rinse and Slice Cherry Tomatoes

When selecting the tomatoes for this salad, you can go just about any direction you like.  I chose some gorgeous tri-color cherry tomatoes, that were incredibly sweet and added some fantastic color.  However, heirloom, plum, Roma or Campari are also delicious varieties that are great in this salad.

When cutting the tomatoes, halve or quarter the tomatoes. For larger tomatoes (like heirloom) simply cut into smaller wedges.

What’s the best place to buy cherry tomatoes?

I’ve discovered that Costco carries cherry tomatoes all year. Check out my page for all the Things I Buy At Costco for Costco dinner ideas and Costco Meals. It’s a great price for the size/container you receive.

During the summer months many farmers markets carry locally grown tomatoes, which always taste superb!

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

What mozzarella is best for Italian tomato salad?

For this tomato salad, I chose the small “pearl” sized mozzarella that can be found in most grocery stores.  However, if the pearls are not available, you can use a ball of fresh mozzarella and cut into bite-sized pieces.

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

Where do I find fresh basil for caprese salad?

You can usually find basil year-round at most grocery stores. You can find it in the produce section where you would find the fresh herbs. During most summer months, basil is readily available at most local farmers markets.

For the basil, add about 6-8 medium leaves that have been sliced or torn into small pieces.  I personally LOVE the taste and peppery aroma of basil, so I add quite a bit.  Feel free to add the amount of basil that best suits your taste.

 

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

What dressing is best for caprese salad?

Balsamic dressing is idea for tomato basil mozzarella salad. It consists of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and ground pepper.  

To a small dish or measuring cup, pour in the olive oil, vinegar, and pepper and whisk.  Occasionally, I’ll also add a few grinds of salt or some minced garlic to the dressing, but it’s certainly just an option.

After whisking the dressing together, pour over the tomatoes, cheese and basil and gently toss to coat.

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

That’s it – just 3 salad ingredients and 3 dressing ingredients and you’ll have the most wonderful tomato basil mozzarella salad. We love enjoying this caprese salad with grilled steak, chicken, or pork chops and is great with your next pasta meal.

What goes well with caprese salad?

Grilled chicken, steak and pork chops are great served with this caprese salad with cherry tomatoes. It’s also fantastic with almost any Italian pasta dish. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that go well with tomato basil mozzarella salad.

Italian Grilled Chicken

Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken

Grilled Caprese Chicken

Brown Sugar Balsamic Grilled Chicken

Caprese Grilled Filet Mignon at Cupcakes and Kale Chips

 

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

The next time you’re at the farmers market or grocery store, be sure to pick up some of the summer’s best tomatoes and basil.  Those red, orange and golden tomatoes are loaded with flavor.  When paired with fresh, fragrant basil and mozzarella you’ll quickly discover a new summer favorite!

Tomato basil mozzarella salad, caprese salad with cherry tomatoes, in bowl with fresh basil leaves.

 

Here’s a quick-reference shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need to make this simple tomato salad:

  • Cherry Tomatoes – 2 pints, any color or assortment
  • Fresh Mozzarella – “pearl” size, if not available you can use any size of fresh mozzarella available
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Pepper

(For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to reference the recipe card below. Thanks!)

Could you use more summer salad inspiration? Check out these delicious salad ideas:

Italian Tortellini Salad

Greek Tortellini Salad

Italian Chopped Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

Healthy Broccoli Salad Recipe

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

 

Check out my video for how to make this delicious Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad:

Here’s the simple, easy and completely delicious recipe for this fantastic Italian Tomato Salad recipe:

Nutrition

Calories

65 cal

Fat

4 g

Carbs

9 g

Protein

1 g
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Yields 6 servings

Italian Caprese Tomato Salad

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3-ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 pints (about 24 oz.) Cherry Tomatoes, any color or assortment
  • 1 (8 oz.) container, fresh mozzarella "pearls"
  • 6-8 basil leaves, sliced or torn
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • fresh ground pepper (4-6 grinds)

Instructions

  1. Slice all of the tomatoes in half, for larger tomatoes, slice into quarters. Add tomatoes into large mixing bowl. Drain the mozzarella of any liquid, and add the cheese to the tomatoes. Slice or tear the basil leaves and add to the tomatoes and cheese.
  2. In a small bowl, add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pepper. Whisk to combine and pour over the salad. Gently toss the salad to coat all the ingredients.
  3. Serve right away. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.

Notes

If you cannot find a container of mozzarella "pearls" you can use whatever size mozzarella you can find and cut into small bite-sized pieces.

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Diet
vegetarian
pescetarian
Allergy
gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free
Courses
Salad
Cuisines
Italian
Occasions
Summer
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Tomato basil mozzarella salad, easy italian caprese salad with cherry tomatoes.

 

Comments

  1. Where did you find the tiny balls of fresh mozzarella? The salad looks great! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner link up!
  2. I could make a meal of this with some crusty bread. YUM!!! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? Hope to see you again next week! Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda
  3. Congratulations ! Your recipe in on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate. Have a fantastic week and come back to see us soon. Miz Helen
  4. I love the little mozzarella balls! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!
  5. Jann Olson says
    One of my favorite salads. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC. hugs, Jann
  6. Mother of 3 says
    That looks delicious! I love a light summary salad like this. Pinned.
  7. Absolutely beautiful salad! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!
  8. Wow! Talk about gorgeous! This is beautiful AND delicious! I've got an event coming up, and this would be the perfect dish to take! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! <3
  9. This looks delicious! Such a simple salad, yet I can imagine what a burst of flavours this would be. Just perfect for the summers.
  10. Tomatoes and a vinegar dressing is always a good combo for summer. Pinned and featuring it on tonight's MM party.
  11. Your Tomato Basil Mozzarlla Salad was featured on Full Plate Thursday and pinned to our special features board last week! Hope you enjoyed the blog love and thanks so much for sharing with us! Miz Helen
  12. This is looking so delicious and tasty tomato salad recipe. I really like it. Thank you for sharing it.

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