9.15.2016

Fresh and Delicious Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette


The lovely Italian salad of sliced tomato, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves gets a delicious twist with Pesto Vinaigrette. 



I am addicted to the recipe I'm sharing today for Pesto Vinaigrette and it can be used for dipping bread, served over pasta, green salad, or any other number of dishes you can think of. It's so delicious! 


Tomatoes are the ultimate vegetable of the season. Ripe and ready off the vine and bursting with flavor, savory tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and basil combine together for the perfect combination of freshness, flavors and textures, and can be enjoyed as an appetizer before a meal, as a side dish with a meal, or if you're like me, I love it on its own as a meal.


The aroma from the fresh tomatoes and basil alone make my mouth water!


It's easy to assemble and looks appetizing and beautiful on your table.

PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW

Caprese Salad with
Pesto Vinaigrette
SERVES 6-8

4 medium tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
2 (8-ounce) packages fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼ inch thick
½ (1-ounce) package fresh basil
Pesto Vinaigrette (recipe below)

On a large platter, alternate slices of tomato and mozzarella in a circular pattern.  Garnish center with basil leaves.  Drizzle 3 to 4 tablespoons Pesto Vinaigrette over tomato and mozzarella slices.  Serve remaining vinaigrette on the side.


Pesto Vinaigrette
MAKES ½ CUP

¼ cup white wine vinegar
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon prepared pesto*
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Whisk before use.

*I use fresh pesto sauce that I purchase from the deli at my grocery store. My favorite place (if you happen to live in the Wasatch Front area of Utah) is Harmons Grocery. You'll find it in the refrigerated section near the vegetables where they sell their own products, or ask for it at their Deli. This recipe is the best with fresh pesto where possible.


I love Caprese Salad any way it's served, but I have to say that this Pesto Vinaigrette is a favorite!!

Print Recipe: Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette
Note regarding Pesto Vinaigrette recipe: this isn't included on the printable recipe, but I purchase fresh "pesto sauce" from my grocery store. If you live locally, the tastiest fresh pesto sauce in my opinion is from Harmons Grocery. You'll find it in the refrigerated section near the fresh vegetables where they sell their own products, or ask for it at their Deli. 


Warmest regards,

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