A light and fresh salad that is full of flavour! This Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad uses cherry tomatoes, Bocconcini cheese and basil to make a bright, healthy salad!
Caprese salad is easily one of my favourite salads! Its simplicity is obvious but its flavours- oh its flavours! Maybe its my love of fresh herbs like basil. Or my obsession with tomatoes. And then there’s cheese! *sigh* I suppose it isn’t all that surprising that I’m obsessed with this salad!
I love this salad year round. While full tomatoes aren’t always great year round, I find cherry tomatoes are delicious no matter the season and so I tend to make cherry tomato Caprese salad more often when I can’t get my hands on juicy big tomatoes. Or when my summer garden is exploding with more cherry tomatoes than I know what to do with!
Assembling the perfect Caprese Salad
In addition to tomatoes, basil and cheese, a good Caprese salad is made with quality olive oil. Not the cheap stuff. Invest in a good olive oil for instances like this as the flavour truly is better! I season the salad simply with salt and pepper and then drizzle it with balsamic glaze.
You can make your own balsamic glaze at home by reducing 2 cups of balsamic vinegar with 1/2 cup of brown sugar. You simply heat it on the stove at a low temperature until the vinegar dissolves substantially and you are left with a thickened sauce. It should coat the back of a spoon- that’s when you know its ready! And super delicious!
You can also find balsamic glazes in most grocery stores. I love having a bottle on hand so I can drizzle it on whenever the idea strikes! In addition to salads like this one I love to drizzle it on pizza too! Oh, and cheese and crackers. It is so good!
If you are a huge fan of these flavours, like me, you may enjoy some other caprese inspired dishes. Click on the links for Caprese Pasta Bake, Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad, Peach Caprese Salad, and Caprese Eggs Benedict. I wasn’t kidding when I said Caprese is one of my favourite salads!
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
- 4 cups cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 cup Bocconcini cheese halved
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 10 basil leaves for garnish
- 1 tablespoons balsamic glaze (store bought or homemade)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a bowl, toss tomatoes and bocconcini with olive oil to coat evenly and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Place tomatoes into serving dish. Add the basil leaves. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve.