Tired of lettuce and spinach salads? Caprese salad is a simple yet refreshing Italian salad. Pronounced [kuh-prey-zey, ‐zee], this naturally gluten-free salad takes less than 15 minutes to make! Yep, it is that easy!
My husband and I usually get together once a week with our son and his family for dinner. We love going to their home. Together, they have created a warm and inviting home that is filled with love. Our son is an amazing chef; and his cooking is just as good if not better than at a five-star restaurant. I usually take a side dish (that he cooks along with the main course on his Traeger grill) or a yummy gluten-free dessert.
I don’t know about you but on a hot and humid August day, the last thing I want to eat is hot cooked food! For this cookout, I wanted to take a side dish that was gluten-free, easy to make, did not require cooking and would feed a crowd. Caprese salad fit the bill!
I found heirloom cherry tomatoes at the local grocery store. Combined with fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette, they were the perfect companion to smoked Tri-Tip. Don’t you just love it when a simple idea turns into a marvelous idea?!
This simple side dish, that is both pretty and full of flavor, will compliment any gluten-free meal including burgers, fish, steak, pork and chicken.Print
This summer salad is bursting with flavor from fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden. Add homemade vinegairette and mozzarella cheese to this simple yet delicious gluten-free salad.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4–6 servings 1x
- 2 pints cherry and yellow tomatoes, cut in half
- 6 ounces Mozzarella cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3/4 cup fresh basil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 Tablespoons Avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 Tablespoon honey
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese.
- In a small bowl, combine avocado oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Pour vinaigrette over tomatoes, basil and cheese, gently stirring until combined.
- Serve immediately.
Use a small teaspoon to “scoop” mozzarella cheese into balls.
Use heirloom tomatoes in place of red and yellow cherry tomatoes.
Keywords: caprese salad, gluten-free salad
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