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Simple Caprese Salad

This salad is all the rage at potlucks and helps use up the garden bounty when basil is growing out of your ears and you have laundry baskets full of cherry tomatoes.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Cristen


  • 5 cups Cherry Tomatoes larger ones, halved
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese cut into 1/2-3/4" cubes (I like using deli style not fresh mozz in this salad because it holds up better.)
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Basil Leaves chopped/chiffonade (roll them like a cigar and chop them into thin strips)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup quality balsamic vinegar reduced until thick and syrup-like, cooled (will yield 1/4 cup)


  • Combine all ingredients except balsamic reduction. Stir ingredients together gently until incorporated. Garnish with balsamic reduction, serve chilled or at room temperature. Serves 10 or more depending on serving size.