Caprese Salad in a Season of Celebration

In my family, the Fourth of July has always been celebrated with family and friends, a game or two of bags, fireworks, and, of course, lots and lots of food. I realized that this year I would have to be a bit more strategic in the dish I brought to the family cookout so that it would fit into my new keto diet. I knew there would be several tempting food items at our family get together this year and wanted to make a dish that would be delicious, satisfying, and keep me away from sweets and carbs.
I decided to prepare a caprese salad made with cherry tomatoes and a tangy balsamic dressing for the party. This salad gave me a taste of the sweetness I was craving from staring at rice-krispy treats, berry pies, and chocolate covered pretzels, and was a light and refreshing side to a hot summer day.

Caprese Salad

caprese salad

What you’ll need:

  • 2 – 3 (10 oz) containers of cherry tomatoes (I used a mixture of cherry and sunburst for a pop of color)
  • 1 (8 oz) container of small mozzarella balls
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil (about 10 medium sized leaves)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • salt and pepper

What to do:

  1. Rinse and dry the cherry tomatoes. Slice them in half and place in a large bowl.
  2. Drain the package of mozzarella balls and add them to the bowl with tomatoes.
  3. Roughly chop the basil and add to the same bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Whisk thoroughly.
  5. Pour the balsamic dressing over the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil and toss to combine.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Though this salad was made with my dietary concerns in mind, everyone at the party enjoyed it and I think you will too!

3 thoughts on “Caprese Salad in a Season of Celebration

  1. This is incredibly detailed and wonderful! Your teaching skills blew me away! I am terrible at cooking, but I was able to make that caprese salad. I added a little too much basil, but that’s what happens when you eyeball it! I am excited to keep referencing your blog as I work to improve my culinary skills!

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