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Simple Caprese Salad With Toasted Walnuts

This Simple Caprese Salad With Toasted Walnuts is a delicious and refreshing side for that pasta dinner, and it makes for a great light meal on a hot day.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

  • 20 oz grape or cherry tomatoes*, sliced in half See notes
  • 8 oz mozzarella snack balls or bocconcini balls, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup Fresh basil leaves, torn or ribboned
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Toasted walnuts.

  • Preheat your oven to 375° F. Spread the walnuts over a baking sheet and bake them until they're slightly toasted and aromatic—about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn! When done, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly before adding them onto the salad.

Caprese Salad.

  • Put the sliced tomatoes, sliced mozzarella balls, and fresh basil in a serving bowl. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette over the ingredients and toss to coat; add a pinch of salt and some cracked black pepper, to taste.
  • Sprinkle the toasted walnuts over the salad and serve.

Notes

*Grape or cherry tomatoes?: You can use either in this recipe, because the only difference is their shape and size. Grape tomatoes are shaped like grapes, and cherry tomatoes are shaped like cherries, though sometimes a little larger. You may have to quarter your cherry tomatoes rather than simply slice them in half, depending on how "bite-size" you want them.