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Pesto caprese salad in a white serving bowl garnished with fresh basil leaves.

Pesto Caprese Salad

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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Pesto Caprese Salad combines the best of two refreshing and vibrant dishes. 

Creamy mozzarella balls and juicy tomatoes are tossed with smooth olive oil and nutty basil pesto — drizzled with a sweet, tangy balsamic glaze. 

Pesto Caprese salad is the perfect side dish for any summer gathering. But it also doubles as a refreshing appetizer or a topping on a main dish (grilled chicken, anyone?). 

Without any distractions, this pesto caprese salad recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make.

But even with a playful pup or kiddo vying for your attention, you can whip this recipe up in no time!


  • 20 oz grape tomatoes, halved 
  • 8 oz mozzarella pearls
  • ¼ cup basil pesto 
  • 12 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Balsamic glaze for serving


  1. Combine tomatoes and mozzarella pearls in a bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the pesto and 1-2 tablespoons of the oil in a bowl. Start with 1 tablespoon of oil and add more if necessary if your pesto is thicker. You want a smooth, somewhat pourable consistency.
  3. Pour the pesto mixture over the prepared tomatoes and toss to combine. 
  4. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or in an airtight container for up to 2 days in advance. 
  5. Prior to serving, drizzle with the balsamic glaze and garnish with fresh basil. Enjoy!


  • Grape or cherry tomatoes both work great for this recipe.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 2.8g
  • Fat: 19.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.4g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 8.5g
  • Cholesterol: 42mg

Keywords: Pesto Caprese Salad

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