Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

by jerseygirl on July 26, 2011 · 25 comments

Jersey tomatoes are here and I am one happy Jersey girl. Whenever I have a barbecue or summer party, juicy tomatoes and fresh mozzarella are on the menu. I happened to have some leftover pesto in the fridge so I thought I could jazz up my usual salad. I have to tell you that I am not a jarred sauce kind of girl but when it comes to pesto, I am very non discriminating. Is fresh pesto better? Absolutely. But when it is time to cook in a pinch or during the winter months, I always have a few jars stored in my pantry. The ingredients to make pesto can also be very pricey, so if you are on a grocery budget, it is nice to pick up a jar for only a few dollars. There have been times I used jarred pesto in pasta recipes and have been asked for my special recipe. My motto is don’t tell if they don’t ask. If you like making your own, go to it. I am sure it will make this recipe even better!


Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

2 TBS pesto sauce
2 TBS balsamic vinegar
2 medium sized tomatoes, thickly sliced
8 ounce fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
a handful of fresh chopped basil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Whisk together the pesto and vinegar and set aside. Layer the tomatoes and cheese on a platter. Sprinkle with the basil. Drizzle with the dressing then season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings.

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Erica July 26, 2011 at 9:48 am

This is one of my favorite summer salads. Fresh tomatoes and mozzarella are like heaven together! And I must admit…jersey has some SLAMMIN tomatoes

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The Japanese Redneck July 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

That's good eating!

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Mary July 26, 2011 at 11:20 am

This is a beautiful salad and it is perfect for tomato season. Have a great day, Lisa. Blessings…Mary

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Jennifurla July 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

delightful, refreshing, and pretty too

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Patsyk July 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

A perfect way to enjoy the Jersey Fresh tomatoes we get this time of year!

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That Girl July 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I picked up some purple basil at the farmer's market and used it to make purple pesto! I have it on my sandwich today!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

So summery!

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Roxana GreenGirl July 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Caprese salad is the one in my house too. So easy to make and so good. Who could resist it?

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Shelby July 27, 2011 at 6:00 am

I LOVE Garden fresh tomatoes….tis the season! Love your salad. Will have to try it – I have pesto plans in the very near future…love that stuff too!

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teresa July 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

mmm! caprese salad has got to be one of the best things ever invented. this looks amazing!

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Katrina July 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Yum! I would love this!

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Jeanette July 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

This encompasses all that summer as to offer – fresh tomatoes and basil!

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Cookin' Canuck July 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

The pesto vinaigrette is a wonderful variation for this salad. I can't wait until our garden starts producing some sweet tomatoes.

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The Food Hunter July 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Any chance you want to ship some of those Jersey tomatoes to Phoenix? It's probably the one thing I miss the most.

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debbie July 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

This looks so delicious! I love when tomatoes are in season. They are so much better and full of flavor.

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Jamie July 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Looks so fresh and delicious. A perfect summer combo.

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Courtney July 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Looks delicious!! I love our Jersey Tomatoes more than anything!! I always love getting them straight from the farmers. 🙂

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels July 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I love the idea of a pesto vinaigrette, it looks sooooo good! I can't wait to try this. YUM! 🙂

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Leslie August 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Love love love the basil on top! Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!

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Danielle Smith August 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This looks great! What kind of pesto do you use?

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Jersey Girl Cooks August 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Danielle,
I used pesto from Trader Joe's. It is really good!

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coryzalia August 22, 2011 at 2:25 am

Mozzarella cheese lends a sweet flavor to the caprese salad.

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Cooking Blog August 23, 2011 at 3:29 am

looks delicious salad.

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My Thirty Spot August 30, 2011 at 3:19 am

One of my favorite salads! Thanks for Sharing!

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malinda cruey June 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Hey there luv ur page and thanks for sharing! I thought I seen a recipe for steak and potato salad that u borrowed from a different. Blog staceys snacks but I looked through and can’t find it hope u can help thanks!

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