Blueberry Caprese Salad

Blueberry Caprese Salad

Blueberry Caprese Salad is the perfect simple summer salad that takes only a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes to make.  It’s red, white, and blue colors shine for a patriotic side to enjoy on the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, or ANY summer night. 

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We might not be having big cookouts this year but I refuse to miss out on all the pretty dishes of summer.  Summer salads are my jam and caprese is at the top of the list.  From June to August I basically have an obsession with the combination for fresh tomato, creamy mozzarella and fragrant basil.  This season I decided to kick it all up a notch by adding BLUEBERRY for a Blueberry Caprese Salad that is just SCREAMING for a place on your 4th of July table.

Blueberries add loads of antioxidants to this dish and sweet burst of flavor that pairs perfectly with this classic dish.  It’s such an unexpected and surprisingly tasty twist.

Isn’t it red, white and blue foodie perfection?

Overhead shot of Blueberry Caprese Salad with basil on top.

Why You’ll Love this Blueberry Caprese Salad…

Summer cooking for me is all about using the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season.  I am especially fond of dishes, like this Blueberry Caprese Salad, that is more assembly only and doesn’t require you to turn on the stove or oven.  I basically want to spend my short three months of summer OUTSIDE not inside cooking.

This summer salad could not be easier since all you do is toss the ingredients together and serve it with your best olive oil and balsamic reduction.  The gorgeous bowl looks like you spent forever making something nice when it really only takes 10 minutes to throw together.

What is Caprese Salad?

Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad featuring fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil.  It’s seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  It often has balsamic vinegar with it!  This version adds blueberry to make it a perfect festive Independence Day dish.

Blueberry Caprese Salad without balsamic glaze.

Ingredients in this Blueberry Caprese Salad

Summer ingredients shine in my Blueberry Caprese Salad!  You can make this any time of year but the flavors really burst with fresh tomato and blueberry.

  • Tomato: Buy whatever looks the freshest at the store.  There is nothing like summer tomatoes.
  • Fresh Mozzarella: For this, I like to use the mozzarella pearls but if you can find that you could cube a larger ball of fresh mozzarella.
  • Blueberry: These add an unexpected sweetness and give us the red, white and BLUE coloring.
  • Fresh Basil: I get mine out of my garden but you can find this in most grocery stores.
  • Good Olive Oil: I like a rich Extra Virgin Olive Oil for this.
  • Balsamic Glaze: You can make your own reduction from simple balsamic vinegar OR buy a pre-made balsamic glaze.  I LOVE this one.

Tomato and blueberries.

Caprese Substitutions?

You could substitute other fruit for the blueberries like peaches or strawberries.  The blueberries are perfect for getting that 4th of July coloring though.

You could also serve this on a bed of fresh greens like arugula or spinach.

Close up of blueberries.

How to make Blueberry Caprese Salad salad

Here’s how to make my Blueberry Caprese Salad!

  1. Slice the tomatoes in half.
  2. Toss the mozzarella, tomatoes, and blueberries together.  Top with fresh basil.
  3. You can drizzle the olive oil and balsamic on top OR serve it plain like this and let everyone top their own at the table.  It’s a great use for that pretty olive oil jar you never use.

 

Either way, you serve it this fresh summer salad is sure to be a hit.

Blueberry Caprese Salad without balsamic glaze overhead shot.

What should you serve with a Caprese Salad?

Curious what should you serve with a caprese salad?  Try some of these summer favorites?

 

Is Caprese Salad Healthy?

YES! This Caprese Salad is healthy and features two superfoods… tomatoes and blueberries.  The tomatoes are full of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, Vitamin K1, and Folate.  They are a dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has lots of health benefits including being linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Blueberries are full of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Manganese.  They are a perfect antioxidant food.

An entire serving of this salad is just 250 calories. If you are watching calories you can cut back on the cheese and olive oil. 🙂  Adding fresh greens like arugula or spinach to the bottom of this salad makes it even more nutritionally dense.

Tomato, fresh mozzarella, blueberry, basil and balsamic glaze.

I adore this simple summer Blueberry Caprese Salad and know you will too.  It’s festive, fun, and something everyone will love.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

 

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Blueberry Caprese Salad

This festive and delicious Blueberry Caprese Salad is the perfect red, white and blue salad to celebrate summer parties like Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 256 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup blueberry
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounces mini fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Toss the blueberry, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella together. Divide into four plates or bowls.
  • Drizzle with the olive oil, balsamic glaze and top with the fresh basil.

Notes

I like to leave the balsamic glaze and olive oil on the table for each person to drizzle as much as they'd like on it.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 14gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 369mgPotassium: 329mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1061IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 302mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Bluebery Caprese Salad
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By | 2020-06-08T09:19:29-04:00 June 8th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Salads, Vegetarian Meals|7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. […] Blueberry Caprese Salad […]

  2. Angela Campos June 9, 2020 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    This looks so amazing, I love your idea of adding blueberries and a salad! I can’t wait to make this, perfect for summer!

  3. Angela Campos June 9, 2020 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    This is so amazing, I love the idea of adding blueberries to the salad! This will be perfect for the summer, I wanna can’t wait to make it!

  4. Leslie June 9, 2020 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love recipes like this so much! I love that you can just toss some ingredients together and still get some amazing flavors with not much prep. Great recipe!

  5. Natalie June 9, 2020 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    This salad is bursting with fresh summer flavors. Looks absolutely amazing, so inviting. I must give it a try. Thanks for this lovely recipe.

  6. Kelly June 8, 2020 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Love the blueberries to give it a fresh pop of color and flavor. Perfect for outdoor holiday parties.

  7. Deborah Brooks June 8, 2020 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    we love Caprese salads over here all year around. What a great way to mix it up by adding the blueberries. Festive!

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