Low Carb Caprese Salad Recipe

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Caprese Salad (Cuh-pray-zay) is a simple, classic Italian salad recipe that highlights the gorgeous taste of fresh food.

It’s hard to believe in a world of constant over complication that something this tasty is so simple and healthy.

The first time I had Caprese Salad was in a little roadside cafe on the outskirts of the small medieval village of Sarlat, France. It was so simple and it made me so happy.

I was seriously falling in love with France and this dish was like receiving gift from my new suitor.

It might sound like a giddy school girl recollection, but that was exactly the way it felt….look at the gorgeous presentation from one of the best days of my life.

Caprese Salad recipe served

There are a lot of ways to present this salad, but this was special.

Let’s get started while I wipe a tear from my eye…I really cannot wait to visit this amazing country again.

🥘Ingredients

  • 8 oz. tomatoes sliced- or halved if using cherry tomatoes

Find the best and freshest tomatoes available because this dish depends on the tomato flavor. This is not the place to use store bought Roma Tomatoes unless they are in season.

I like Campari or cherry tomatoes because they have a lot of flavor.

  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella mini cheese balls or a sliced log

Fresh mozzarella is different than the regular low moisture mozz that you use in a lot of Keto Bread Recipes. You can usually find it in the specialty cheese section of the supermarket.

You can even make your own relatively easy if you have access to good, fresh cows milk. It’s really easy and I have done it many times to give away as holiday gifts. And, it’s a fun project for kids.

If you are interested in making your own fresh mozzarella you can find the instructions here.

  • 2 tbsp pesto *optional

All this salad really needs is salt and pepper but pesto makes it taste amazing. Basil is hard to find lately but I seem to find kale in spades.

This is a simple Kale Pesto recipe that you can whip up in no time at all.

  • salt and pepper to taste

I love fresh ground pepper and this mix has an amazing flavor.

👩🏽‍🍳 How to make the salad..

I hope you’re ready to work hard for about five minutes. This Caprese Salad recipe is super simple and my teen makes it for herself all the time (score).

  • Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella balls if they are too big. Add pesto and carefully stir if using.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Don’t add salt if you will not be serving this salad right away. Salt draws water and you’ll end up with a watery salad if you plan on storing it for a couple of days.

If this is a meal prep item, salt it when you are going to serve it.

  • Garnish with basil if desired and serve immediately or chill.

Basil and tomatoes are a incredible combo.

🥗Storage:

  • Store in the fridge for 3-5 days.

You can store this Caprese Salad for a few days but it’s absolutely best when it’s made fresh.

The Caprese salad is a great side with these main dishes:

That’s it for the Caprese salad recipe!

I told you guys it was easy. I really hope you try it and love it as much as we do.

As always…I would love it if you left a comment if you have any questions or just want to tell me how great your Caprese Salad was.

Cheers for now Keto People!

Brandy

Caprese Salad FI

Caprese Snack Salad

Brandy
Ripe, juicy tomatoes and sweet fresh mozzarella dolloped with pesto sauce. This is a simple salad that you can enjoy anytime.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 209 kcal

Equipment

Chefs Knife
Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. tomatoes sliced- or halved if using cherry tomatoes
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella mini cheese balls or a sliced log
  • 2 tbsp pesto *optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella balls if they are too big. Add pesto and stir if using.
    Caprese Salad recipe-chopping
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
    Seasoning - Salt and Pepper
  • Garnish with basil if desired and serve immediately or chill. Store in the fridge for 3-5 days.
    Caprese Salad recipe- served in a bowl

Nutrition

Serving: 5ozCalories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 13gFat: 16gSodium: 428mgFiber: 1gNet Carbs: 3gFat Ratio per Serving: 68.9%Protein Ratio per Serving: 24.88%Carb Ratio per Serving: 5.74%
Keyword side salad
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The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy. We are pretty careful about our figures but if you ever feel like anything is off please feel free to do your own calculations.

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