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heirloom tomato caprese salad with mint basil pesto

Caprese Salad Recipe with Mint Basil Pesto

  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Slice, blend
  • Cuisine: American


With tomatoes ripe this season it’s an obvious choice to try a Caprese salad. Made with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a tasty homemade pesto sauce, you really can’t go wrong.


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Caprese Salad:

  • 2-3 medium heirloom tomatoes, any color, sliced
  • 6-ounces (or 1 ball) of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced*
  • 1 bunch microgreens
  • Red pepper flakes, optional

Mint Pesto Sauce:

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Arrange fresh tomato slices and mozzarella on a plate. Top with microgreens and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add the basil, mint, olive oil, pine nuts, salt, and lemon juice. Then, pulse until smooth.
  3. Drizzle a bit of pesto over your salad and reserve the rest.


*Make this dish dairy-free by subbing the cheese for fresh slices of avocado.

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