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Strawberry Caprese Salad [and VIDEO]

How to make a delicious Strawberry Caprese Salad. Using ripe summer strawberries, fresh mozzarella, basil, pistachios, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.strawberry caprese salad

I have a confession. I don’t like raw tomatoes. I like them cooked, but the texture of raw tomatoes isn’t my thing. Being from the Garden State, this is something I don’t admit freely. I never understood the oohing and ahhing over the late summer tomatoes at the farm stand. (But the corn, I totally get.)

Caprese salad is something that I want to love. It looks so beautiful with its bright colors, and I love fresh mozzarella. I sometimes go so far as to order Caprese sandwiches and pull out the tomatoes after the waiter has dropped my plate off.

strawberry caprese salad

Instead of a tomato Caprese salad, I make a strawberry one. Strawberries are one of those fruits that hold up well in savory things. The key is to use really ripe, sweet, strawberries when they are in season. It makes a world of difference. Strawberries, fresh mozzarella cheese, lots of basil, pistachios, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and lots of salt and pepper. I’m going to be eating this salad all summer long.

I made a quick video to show you how I made it.

Strawberry Caprese Salad from Bree Hester on Vimeo.

strawberry caprese salad


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  1. K

    May 9th, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I bet this would be great with an aged balsamic or a raspberry balsamic vinegar! I love the twist – while I do love jersey tomatoes myself, I’m a HUGE fan of strawberries. Thanks for the twist on a favorite! Just in time for strawberry season!

  2. bakedbree

    May 16th, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Yes it would!

  3. Christina

    May 12th, 2016 at 7:40 am

    i love this idea! great to do in May when Strawberries (not tomatoes) are in season! I think my kids would love this as they also love caprese salad! and we have a really beautiful aged balsamic vinegar that would be great on this!

  4. bakedbree

    May 16th, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    That sounds like heaven. I love balsamic so much.

  5. Pamela

    May 14th, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I think a balsamic reduction would be great on this.

  6. bakedbree

    May 16th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    It probably would, but I didn’t think that I would like how it looked.

  7. Kal

    May 17th, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Thank you for sharing your non love of raw tomatoes. I completely understand. I also get caprese sandwiches and pull off the tomatoes. Adding this site to my must reads. (and trying the recipie soon as is and another with a balsamic reduction!)

  8. bakedbree

    May 19th, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    It’s nice to know that I’m not alone. 🙂

  9. VAL (cookies addicte )

    May 20th, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    J’en ai l’eau à la bouche ! Très jolie photo !;)
    VAL ( cookies addicte )

  10. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2016 at 11:46 am


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