Arugula Caprese Salad

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Arugula Caprese Salad is THE perfect 15-minute summer salad. Fresh arugula, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and basil, combined with marinated mozzarella balls and a balsamic vinegar dressing. Simple and fresh!

Oh that Caprese! For some others, go make my Grilled Caprese Chicken or my Classic Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze!

Side shot of a hand drizzling salad dressing on a bowl of arugula Caprese salad.

Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad that normally combines fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper. While it is usually arranged on a plate, rotating layered tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, this version is a slight spin on the classic.

I love making this salad during the summertime, when fresh garden tomatoes are abundant. While I don’t currently have a garden, I have clear visions of the fresh tomatoes that my parents harvested from their garden every summer. They were THE BEST.

Collage of 1) a large bowl of arugula and red onion, and 2) a bowl of colorful cherry tomatoes, a bowl of marinated mozzarella balls, and a jar of dressing.

Ingredients needed for Arugula Caprese Salad:

  • Arugula – All you need for this recipe is a 5 oz. container of arugula.
  • Red Onion – Just slice them thin.
  • Cherry Tomatoes – I love buying the colorful cherry tomatoes that are in the stores this time of year. SO good (and pretty)!
  • Basil – Just a sprig.
  • Marinated Mozzarella Balls – If you have trouble finding these, try Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods.

The Easy Dressing Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil – The oil I use in MOST of my dressings.
  • Balsamic Vinegar – This vinegar has a naturally sweet taste.
  • Reserved Marinade – Use a couple of tablespoons from the marinated mozzarella balls.
  • Honey – Just a splash necessary!
  • S&P – Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Overhead shot of a large bowl of arugula, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, with a jar of dressing.

How to make Arugula Caprese Salad:

  1. Prep veggies. Slice the red onion thinly. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half.
  2. Strain mozzarella balls. Using a colander, strain the mozzarella balls, saving a couple tablespoons of the marinade from the package.
  3. Make the dressing. Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, the reserved marinade, a splash of honey, and kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Assemble. In a large bowl, combine the arugula, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella balls. Drizzle the dressing on the salad. If you aren’t eating the entire salad, drizzle the dressing on individual servings.
  5. EAT.

This is a relatively small amount of salad, especially if you are “greens lovers” like my family. If you are serving more than four, you should double this recipe.

Overhead shot of a white serving bowl of arugula Caprese salad, with a fork inside.

Try this simple salad next! Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad

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xoxo ~Sue

Side shot of a hand drizzling salad dressing on a bowl of arugula Caprese salad.

Arugula Caprese Salad

Arugula Caprese Salad is THE perfect 15-minute summer salad. Fresh arugula, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and basil, combined with marinated mozzarella balls and a balsamic vinegar dressing. Simple and fresh!
4.93 from 13 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: arugula caprese, arugula salad, caprese salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. fresh arugula
  • 1/3 cup red onion – sliced thin
  • 2 cups red, orange, and yellow cherry tomatoes – any combination
  • 12 oz. marinated fresh mozzarella balls
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil – chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons reserved marinade from mozzarella balls
  • splash of honey
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Instructions

  • Slice red onion thinly. Slice cherry tomatoes in half.
  • Drain mozzarella balls while reserving a couple of tablespoons of the marinade.
  • Combine salad by mixing arugula, red onion, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil.
  • Prepare dressing in mason jar by combining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, reserved marinade, a splash of honey, and salt and pepper. Shake well and set aside.
  • To serve, drizzle the dressing on the salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 236mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 890IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 344mg | Iron: 0.8mg

13 Comments

  1. Made this for a potluck today and it was very well-received. Loved the bright colors. I added some mustard to the dressing. I could see adding some fresh corn in the summertime.
    Thanks!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad the salad was a hit for your potluck, Samantha! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  2. This salad looks so delicious. I think my entire family would love it.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Laura! I hope you give it a try! 🙂

  3. A great recipe and excited to eat different salads. So healthy and I love the variety.

  4. Whenever I need a salad to take to a party I look to this blog. Everyone loved this one, no surprise!! Love the spicy arugula and who doesn’t love mozzarella?!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Shari! 🙂

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much Bethany!! I hope you get a chance to try it! 🙂

  5. Jackie Thill says:

    I made three different SueBee salads for a recent family gathering and this was the favorite. It’s light but full of flavor, and I like that the dressing included some of the marinade from the cheese.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! The mozzarella balls make it sooo tasty! 🙂

  6. I need a double helping after vacationing!

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