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Basil Pesto Caprese Salad #capresesalad

Basil Pesto Caprese Salad

Cherry tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella salad.
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Course: Appetiser
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: caprese salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
marinating time: 1 hour
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 314kcal


For the Basil Pesto

  • 50g/1 cup fresh basil
  • 50g/1/3 cup blanched almonds
  • 50g/1/2cup Parmesan cheese or Grana Padano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 lemon only juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ salt

For the Caprese Salad

  • 125g/1/2 cup bocconcini mozzarella
  • 200g/1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • ¼ tsp salt


For the Basil Pesto

  • In a food processor combine basil leaves, almonds, Parmesan cheese, the juice of one lemon and minced garlic, process until smooth. With the motor of the food processor still running add olive oil. Taste and add a pinch of salt if necessary.

For the Caprese Salad

  • An hour before serving the salad pour half of the prepared basil pesto over bocconcini, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Reserve the rest of the pesto for another use. (It keeps well in the fridge for up to one week.)
  • On a large serving place arrange halved cherry tomatoes, marinated in basil pesto bocconcini mozzarella and basil leaves, sprinkle with some salt (Maldon flaked sea salt works great here) and drizzle extra virgin olive oil all over. Serve immediately. 


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 28.2mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 1.4mg