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Caprese Salad with Lemon Balsamic Dressing

This Caprese Salad is a showstopper! Perfect for dinner, side dish or take it to your next party. With a Lemon Balsamic dressing, salad never tasted so good! 

Caprese Salad with Lemon Balsamic Dressing

One of my favorite appetizers is caprese. If it’s on the menu at a restaurant, you can be sure that I’m ordering it. There’s just something about the combination of basil, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella that I just can’t say no to. Since I had a craving for it, ironically on pizza night, I just knew I had to take a chance and make some at home. Luckily I had the ingredients on hand for a different recipe but I was just craving it and this Caprese Salad recipe was born. 

I whipped up a simple lemon balsamic dressing for it which was to die for but you could always just use plain balsamic. If you like lemon, I highly recommend trying this one. It’s so crisp and refreshing.

We paired ours with pizza night but truthfully this dish could be a meal in itself.  Add in a little protein, and this is a delicious meal by itself.

THINGS TO ADD TO CAPRESE SALAD

  • Grilled Chicken
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • White Beans
  • Pasta

I also add a side salad or another dish to go along with pizza and the kids love picking out their favorite salads. This one recipe they both agree on and request it the most. 

Easy Weeknight Dinner - Pizza & Caprese Salad

I’ve put my on spin on a traditional Caprese Salad and served it over a bed of fresh baby spinach it’s oh so delicious.  Your family will be begging you to make it over and over again too!

Easy Weeknight Dinner - Pizza & Caprese Salad

The fresh mozzarella, basil and lemon flavors combine with each other perfectly for a mouthwatering masterpiece.

It’s a really simple salad to make too. Just a base of fresh baby spinach leaves, topped with grape tomatoes and mozzarella pearls mixed with fresh parsley, basil, garlic, lemon zest then drizzled with a lemon balsamic dressing.

Easy Weeknight Dinner - Pizza & Caprese Salad

First you’ll make the dressing which is just 3 ingredients – olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh lemon juice. Once that’s mixed set it aside as you chop up your fresh herbs.

Easy Weeknight Dinner - Pizza & Caprese Salad

In a small bowl combine the chopped basil, parsley, minced garlic and lemon zest.

Easy Weeknight Dinner - Pizza & Caprese Salad

Then pour over your tomatoes and mozzarella pearls. Toss gently to cover.

Easy Weeknight Dinner - Pizza & Caprese Salad

Pour the tomato mixture over the spinach and drizzle with the dressing.

Easy Weeknight Dinner - Pizza & Caprese Salad

Ya’ll this is good. So, so Good.

Easy Weeknight Dinner - Pizza & Caprese Salad

No matter how you decide to enjoy this Caprese Salad, just make it and prepare for your tastebuds to rejoice.

HOW TO MAKE CAPRESE SALAD WITH LEMON BALSAMIC DRESSING

Caprese Salad with Lemon Balsamic Dressing

Caprese Salad with Lemon Balsamic Dressing

Enjoy Caprese in a whole new way with this Easy Caprese Salad with Lemon Balsamic Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz container of fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 container grape tomatoes - halved
  • 1 container mozzarella pearls
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic - minced 
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Lemon Balsamic Dressing

  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Set aside.
  2. Place spinach in a large bowl.
  3. Add mozzarella pearls, halved tomatoes, parsley, basile, lemon zest and garlic
  4. Pour dressing over top and gently stir to combine.
  5. Serve immediately

 

Dawn

 

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Sophia

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Oh my so good! I added grilled chicken strips bought pre made & pepperoni too as well as some white beans so we made it a meal! Def found a new fav dish!

Kathi

Friday 29th of September 2017

Where is the recipe for the can press salad and dressing? Looks delicious.

Dawn

Friday 29th of September 2017

Hi Kathi,

It's back now. Not sure where it went! Thanks for pointing it out. Enjoy!

Jonna

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

That sounds like our regular weeknight dinners. Love the caprese salad to go with pizza. I'm always trying to throw in more veggies. Thanks for sharing, we'll try this one soon!

keikilani

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

Caprese salad is one of my favorites. It goes perfect with pizza too.