Strawberry Caprese Salad

Strawberry Caprese Salad

Strawberry Caprese Salad is a strawberry twist on a tomato classic. Caprese is one of our favourite salads. Usually just fresh, ripe tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella drizzled with a good quality extra virgin olive oil. It’s a classic, and it’s a salad that’s meant to showcase the ingredients.

Strawberry Caprese Salad
Strawberry Caprese Salad

In Season Strawberries For a Perfect Caprese Salad

Which means that those ingredients have to be the best you can find. That’s why I usually only make a caprese salad when tomatoes are perfectly ripe and in season. Luckily for us, we don’t have to look further than my garden in August. But it isn’t August, it’s spring. And while it isn’t tomato season yet, it is strawberry season now. So I’m making a strawberry caprese salad.

Fun Strawberry Facts

Fun fact strawberries are not a berry at all. They are a member of the rose family. Get more fun strawberry facts here: 14 Things You Didn’t Know About Strawberries

This year, we have decided not to grow strawberries. Because the birds always get them. We wouldn’t mind sharing, but the damn birds always take one bite out of each strawberry, instead of just eating the whole berry. Then the deer munch on the rest. We’ve tried all kinds of methods to deter the wildlife. We’ve put up fake birds of prey, used netting, tried shiny pinwheels. The birds are too smart to be fooled by any of those things. Whoever came up with the phrase “bird brain” hasn’t met these ones.

Not growing our own strawberries means we have to buy them if we want strawberries. Luckily they are easy to find at this time of year, in grocery stores, farmers markets, and fruit stands. This strawberry caprese salad is delicious with fresh strawberries in place of the tomatoes, and I used a peppery balsamic reduction to complement the sweetness of the strawberries.

Looking for more strawberry salads? Check out Strawberry Kale Salad. Or try strawberries in baked goods like Strawberry Cake, or Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins.

Strawberry Caprese Salad
Strawberry Caprese Salad

How To Make Strawberry Caprese Salad

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Strawberry Caprese Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Strawberries replace tomatoes in this delicious balsamic dressed caprese salad.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 206 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
Balsamic Reduction
  • 1 cup dark balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
Salad
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup bite sized bocconcini balls
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
Balsamic Reduction
  1. In a sauce pan, bring balsamic vinegar, pepper, and salt to a boil
  2. Reduce heat to medium and allow to boil gently until reduced by two thirds, whisking frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Salad
  1. In a salad bowl, combine strawberries, cheese, and basil
  2. whisk olive oil into the cooled balsamic reduction.
  3. Just before serving, drizzle salad with the balsamic mixture
Recipe Notes

Caprese salad is best served at room temperature

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 614mg26%
Potassium 199mg6%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 43.4mg53%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Strawberry Caprese Salad
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4 thoughts on “Strawberry Caprese Salad

  1. Colleen, what a great idea and I have not seen this anywhere else. When the strawberries are good this must be a delicious salad. Interesting that the birds get your berries. Your garden must be quite something, you grow so many things.

    1. Dina, thanks for your comment. This really is a delicious salad. Yes, we are blessed to live out in the country and grow our food, and love it, but the work involved is crazy. We are cutting back on things quite a bit this year, starting with the strawberries.

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