Caprese Salad is the perfect easy side dish for any BBQ! Simple, delicious, and healthy! Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, and Balsamic Vinegar. A family favorite! This Chopped Caprese Salad Recipe (Tomato Mozzarella Salad) is my go-to side dish for everything Summer!
Caprese Salad Recipe – Chopped Caprese Salad
Caprese Salad is the type of recipe I can’t live without. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit how many dinners at our house consist of tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella. (Some of our favorites are Stuffed Caprese Chicken Sandwich, White Chicken Caprese Lasagna, and Cheesy Caprese Dip!) Pat and I both LOVE the flavor combination, and more often than not, our evenings are pretty simple.
You would think a food blogger cooks every night, but this food blogger loves the simple things, and this super easy Chopped Caprese Salad Recipe is a favorite at our house! I’ve dressed it up just a smidge by using a quick and easy balsamic reduction drizzled on top. You just can’t go wrong with this favorite salad recipe.
This Caprese Salad Recipe can also be served as a main course if you’re in the mood for a fresh and simple dinner or lunch. It’s one of Pat’s favorite things to take to work!
What is Caprese Salad?
Caprese Salad is traditionally made with tomato, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and balsamic dressing. We have changed things up a bit but kept it classic. It’s one of my very favorite recipes on the site!
I originally published this recipe back in 2015 right after we had returned from a trip to Italy and Spain. I have never loved the photos so I decided it was in need of a reboot! You could find the flavors of cheese, tomatoes, and fresh herbs on every corner and I was so in love. Well, with that and gelato. I didn’t come back lighter!
Can this Caprese Salad can be made ahead?
YES! Here’s how to make Caprese Salad ahead:
- Chop up the mozzarella cheese, basil and cherry tomatoes
- Store in the fridge until ready to serve. (up to 24 hours)
- When ready to serve, drizzle on the balsamic dressing (in this case the BALSAMIC REDUCTION that is TO DIE FOR)
- Serve and enjoy!
How to make Caprese Salad for a crowd:
This Chopped Caprese Salad recipe is ALWAYS loved by all. Double or triple the recipe to serve at a family get together or work BBQ. It’s so versatile and delicious with so many foods.
I also want to try Caprese Salad Skewers and Caprese Salad Pasta! Can you imagine how good?? We ordered Caprese (tomato & mozzarella) flavors in different variations at almost every meal on our trip. Now that we have a baby, this Chopped Caprese Salad is such a quick side or even meal to whip up in no time while still having all the flavor. The fresh basil is a MUST so don’t let me catch you using dried basil on this!! Pinky promise?
How long will Tomato Mozzarella Salad last in the fridge?
I recommend eating within 24 hours but this Caprese Salad will stay good in the fridge for 2-3 days. It can get a bit juicy, so drain before serving. It’s always better the fresher you c an serve it, but we do love this as leftovers. No shame in your game!
Caprese Salad is LOW CARB and GLUTEN FREE
The fact that this Chopped Caprese Salad is low carb AND gluten free makes it the ultimate recipe to bring to any occasion. I love that almost anyone can enjoy it, regardless of special diet. Bring on the happy customers. We don’t have a lot of Gluten Free Recipes, but this is definitely one of my favorite options.
What to serve with this Chopped Caprese Salad Recipe:
This tomato and mozzarella caprese is great on its own or even used as a fresh salsa for chicken or fish! Balsamic chicken anyone?? Save some of this and throw it on a burger…YUM! You get the idea, the possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas of what we usually serve it with:
- Oven Fried Chicken
- Stovetop Burgers
- Mediterranean Chicken Burgers
- BBQ Pulled Pork
- Best Ever Garlic Bread (think Bruschetta!)
- Creamy Pork Chops
- Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Bang Bang Shrimp
This Chopped Tomato Mozzarella Salad version is super easy to eat, making it the favorite version at our house! What are your favorite Summer flavors? I would love to hear about them so I could maybe spice up our dinner routine. But for now, I’ll stick with my chopped caprese salad. Works great for me. :)
Watch the video or see the recipe card below to see How to Make Caprese Salad Recipe. Enjoy!
Want more Caprese Recipes? We’ve got you covered! Here are some favorites:
- Caprese Pasta Bake
- Caprese Stuffed Salmon
- Hot Cheesy Caprese Dip
- Stuffed Caprese Chicken Sandwiches
- Whipped Caprese Bruschetta
- Peach Caprese Stacks
- Puff Pasty Caprese Cups
- White Chicken Caprese Lasagna
- Caprese Tarts
- Caprese Farro Salad