Sometimes you just have random ingredients that you need to throw together, and you hope it makes a good meal. This kale Caprese salad is one of those for me.
This is one of those salads that I thoroughly enjoyed, and it’s only a few ingredients.
I made this Kale Caprese Salad on a whim because it’s what I had in the fridge.
It resulted in me making this one again and again – both because of simplicity and flavor.
Ingredients for Kale Caprese Salad
- 4 cups Kale
- 16 oz Mozzarella balls (or mozzarella pearls)
- 16 oz Grape, or other small tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped basil
- Kosher salt
- Olive oil
You’ll also be making a chimichurri dressing to go over this salad.
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Juice of 1 lime
What is Caprese Salad?
Caprese salad is honestly one of the easiest salads to make.
I really love it because you can make it with three or four simple ingredients or you can jazz it up and make it something a little more hearty.
That’s what I did here.
Caprese salad is an Italian dish typically made with basil, tomato, mozzarella, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Like Margherita pizza, it features the colors of the Italian flag: green, white, and red.
I took those basic ingredients and twisted them a little to make a hearty or salad with a lot more fiber and use one of my favorite ingredients.
Another sauce that I really love is chimichurri sauce.
I use it on just about everything.
Instead of a balsamic vinaigrette or reduced balsamic for this Caprese salad recipe, I decided to toss my veggies and cheese in chimichurri.
I love the strong bite and flavor that comes from chimichurri.
It seasons all of the ingredients really well and does provide nice flavor to what is typically a delicious but basic dish.
How to make my Caprese salad
Then take grape tomatoes, mozzarella pearls (mozarella balls), and chopped, fresh basil, and combine.
Season those ingredients with salt.
Then make your chimichurri by combining all of your ingredients in a food processor and pulsing until it becomes a chunky consistency.
What to serve with this salad
This salad is filling enough to eat it by itself, but if you’d like to have an extra dish alongside it you can use any one of these recipes.
- Chicken Carbonara
- Lemon Sriracha Chicken
- Rigatoni and meat sauce
- One-pot gnocchi in truffle cream sauce
Other enjoyable kale and salad recipes:
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