The Best Caprese Salad Recipe with Mozzarella Balls (Sip Bite Go)
Grab a fork and dig in to the best caprese cucumber salad recipe with mozzarella balls! This caprese cucumber tomato basil salad is packed with flavor. It's cold, crunchy, and has plenty of fresh mozzarella balls to satisfy a crowd. Serve this make ahead caprese salad recipe at a party, or keep it in the fridge for healthy snacking when hunger strikes.
Heat garlic, shallot and olive oil in a pan on the stove on medium heat for one minute, stirring regularly so the garlic and shallot doesn't brown. Using a spatula, scrape all of the fragrant olive oil and lightly roasted bits into a bowl or a mason jar. Add red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk or shake together and set aside.
Slice cucumbers in half the long way. With a spoon, remove the soft seeded inside flesh and discard. Dice the cucumbers.
In a large bowl, mix cucumber, red pepper, red onion, tomatoes, and mozzarella balls together.
Combine dressing with the salad ingredients. Sprinkle basil on the salad and give the ingredients a final toss. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge up to 24 hours before serving.
Store the salad in a sealed container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Make it on a Friday and enjoy it all weekend. Or make it on a Sunday and have a delicious lunch or dinner side for the week.
You can mix this caprese salad recipe with cooked pasta to make a caprese pasta salad. Orecchiette is a great sized pasta shape for a pasta version of this recipe.
A protein like grilled chicken is a great way to turn the best caprese salad in to a meal.