just add arugula

Caprese salad is pretty much a staple in my kitchen. Fresh ripe tomatoes, mozzarella, sweet basil a drizzle of balsamic – whats not to love? Except without the leafy greens, it doesn’t always satisfy my craving for a big salad. So this weekend, with a little bit of arugula I was able to remix of one of my favorite salad sides.

{ caprese salad remix }

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved OR cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 6-8 bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), halved
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 heaping teaspoon dried basil*
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • arugula
Combine balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil in a mason jar and shake well. Refrigerate until ready to use. Place tomatoes and bocconcini.
in a large serving bowl, cover with dressing and toss. Just before serving add the arugula and toss. Enjoy!
*Dried basil could be substituted for the basil paste sold in the produce section of the grocery store. I would not use fresh basil for this salad, simply because once it is combined in the dressing it can get a little soggy/gooey. Not particularly appetizing.
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