Caprese Salad: Eating Salad without the Greens

I have had the goal of eating 4 salads a week, and yesterday, we’d run out of salad greens. What we hadn’t run out of was ripe, delicious, garden tomatoes. Mostly I wanted to use cherry tomatoes, but I caved and used the ripest of the San Marzanos too.

You see, salad is a funny thing: some people consider potatoes coated in mayonnaise to be a salad, and others see only things with lettuce as a base as the healthy form of ‘salad.’ I’ve tried to stick to my belief that anything with a veggie base is salad, and caprese salad (characterized by the combination of tomatoes, basil, mozzerella cheese, and sometimes balsamic vinegar) is a wonderful variation that is filling while still being refreshing. I knew yesterday afternoon that I was in the mood to eat something unhealthy and I wanted to head it off with something fresh and lighter. This worked perfectly.

I sliced all the tomatoes up to bite size (no exact measurements here; just use what you want based on servings you want to have) and tore the basil leaves. I cut the mozzarella down to quarter-inch cubes or crumbles, whichever happened faster, and threw in a dash of olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar and a few grinds of crunchy salt. The salad worked up well but I got overzealous and added a bunch of dried basil, which rehydrated into a pretty overwhelming level of basil-ness. I didn’t think I could overdo basil, given my love for it, but this was that. Basically: add basil, taste, add more if you want it.

I know a lot of people who like to do the caprese combination on toast, but I would advocate eating it out of the bowl like a regular salad. After all, it’s one less piece of toast in your life, and it’s so tasty even when it’s in a bowl by itself (and even when it has too much basil!). This combo could be stretched to a full meal if mixed with some whole-wheat pasta or quinoa, or it could be served on a pizza/flatbread for a new variation on the timeless margherita pizza. Regardless, it makes me happy my definition of salad is pretty broad. πŸ™‚

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25 comments on “Caprese Salad: Eating Salad without the Greens

  1. evmoog says:

    That looks fantastic!

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  2. My favorite salad. I can totally do without the greens. I only eat them cuz they are good for me. πŸ™‚

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  3. katejones1 says:

    Oh I love tomatoes… craved them all through my pregnancy. This post makes me want to eat tomatoes now, off to the shops! πŸ˜‰

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  4. jessx1997 says:

    My absolute favourite! x

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  5. tcriggs says:

    ooh! Yummy! πŸ™‚

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  6. tmezpoetry says:

    I agree – yummy!

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  7. Angie says:

    This does sound good! A great flatbread pizza topping for me. I love it!

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  8. shireebarton says:

    I’ll have to try this – looks so handy for lunches!

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  9. So good!! Love caprese salad πŸ™‚

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  10. cikitaokt says:

    wow looks delicious! i wan to try it later, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  11. Drool …. Looks fabulous! Will definitely try next time we get some good tomatoes!

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  12. This looks so good!! Tomatoes, basil, and mozz in absolute delicious harmony!

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  13. Elizabeth says:

    My favorite salad experience was taking a pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing to a church women’s luncheon. Not knowing I had made it, the woman next to me announced, “This is the strangest macaroni salad I have ever seen.”

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  14. Now this is a salad for today.

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  15. Makes me think of another leaf-less salad recipe called “panzanella” (a centuries old Tuscan dish). I think you might like it. I too love a good Caprese however it si so dependent on the quality of the tomatoes that I rarely prepared it…

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  16. Sounds and looks utterly delicious!

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  17. Love a caprese salad…especially with a drizzle of avocado oil πŸ˜€- but it is green!

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  18. adele miner says:

    This looks so delicious, I will have to try it! I love this post! So happy I came across your lovely blog, keep up your amazing work! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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  19. Tobias says:

    This looks awesome 😁

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  20. fitnessgrad says:

    Hello,
    Pleasure to meet you, thank you for taking time to stop by my blog page and having a follow. I appreciate the support and look forward to reading more of your post! this salad sounds delicious!

    Shay-lon

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  21. irabalm says:

    Hi! Thanks for following me. I LOOOOOVE caprese salad and yours looks delish! πŸ™‚

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  22. leebakers says:

    That look amazing!! I LOVE caprese salad!

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  23. Sounds delicious. Yum..

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