Picnic Style Caprese Salad

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Sun, fun, and picnics are what summer is all about!

When we head out on some kind of family adventure for the afternoon, I am the one that gets the lunch packed for the whole crew.  Whether we go boating on the lake, play at the pool or go on a hike…I love to pack some (healthy) food rather than go to some drive-up on the way.

(Don’t get me wrong, I could always stop for some chili cheese fries any day!)

Picnic Style Caprese Salad by SimplyGloria.com

I love putting food in little mason jars.  Especially for a picnic.  By already having individual servings in each jar, it makes it very easy to travel with and serve.

This is why I love having some Picnic Style Caprese Salad in the cooler.  It’s so simple to make.  It’s very convenient to hand out with some sandwiches.

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The pearl-sized fresh mozzarella with the grape tomatoes swirled around the fresh basil leaves in olive oil…is pretty simple.  And, not to mention refreshingly delicious!

Picnic Style Caprese Salad Ingredients

Putting this together is very fast and simple!  Very few ingredients.  And, no turning on the oven.  That’s always a good thing, right?

Picnic Style Caprese Salad with grape tomatoes by simplygloria.com

Cut all of the grape tomatoes in halves and put in a large mixing bowl.  It makes it easier to eat when everything is about the same size.

Picnic Style Caprese Salad made with pearl size fresh mozzarella

After you’ve drained the mozzarella, put inside of some paper towels to get any excess liquid out.  Drizzle over the olive oil.

Picnic Style Caprese Salad with fresh basil

Toss in the fresh basil and shake in some salt and pepper.

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So the next time you head out for the afternoon, pack some Caprese Salad with a little bit of picnic style!

Where are your favorite places to have picnics?

Enjoy, my friends!

Picnic Style Caprese Salad

Makes about 4 cups, enough for 4 servings. Keep in an air tight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • 1 (8 oz.) package pearl size fresh mozzarella
  • 1 (10 oz.) package grape tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 12 large fresh basil leaves, broken in pieces
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 4 (8 oz. size) jars for serving.

  1. Stir in cut tomatoes, drained mozzarella, olive oil, and basil in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Chill before serving.
  4. Optional: serve in 4 individual jars.

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  1. says

    Ok so I can totally eat chili cheese fries every single day but this salad is amazing! I have so many cherry tomatoes right now so this is perfect, but besides that it makes a great afternoon lunch with this brutal heat we’re having. Thanks so much Gloria! Going to make a batch now!
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  2. says

    Dear Gloria, This is a beautiful picture. It is nice enough for a magazine.
    I love this salad, especially with good bread to dip. Beautiful. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  3. says

    This is beautiful and so simple to make! i would love to have this salad at a picnic for sure. Tell me though, Gloria: Do you really tie that pretty twine around your jars before you pack them? You are so elegant that it wouldn’t surprise me if you do! I’m just happy if I can find the right tupperware lids when I’m packing snacks. That’s why you aren’t called Weary Gloria 😉
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    • says

      You are hilarious Andi! I personally don’t like plastic…things taste funny to me. So, I even have the large and medium sized mason jars for drinking glasses. (I’m sure that’s a bit red-neck, right? They are the only glasses that do not break when my boys are putting the dishes away. But, yes…I actually put ribbon/twine on everything. Even when I leave treats out for the milkman! (You should see my basket of “accessories‎”.)

  4. says

    What a cute, neat and super smart way to pack salad along to a picnic! I love that you can eat them right out of the jar too! This caprese salad looks gorgeous and I love all the fresh ingredients! Sounds fantastic Gloria 🙂

    • says

      I love how you have a board all on Caprese dishes…the creativeness is truly endless, don’t you think?! Thank you Deb! Hope you’re having a most fabulous evening…or morning! (Whenever you get to read this!) (=

    • says

      I am as well. We always seem to be heading out in the middle of the day…so then, I get preparing everything in the morning. Love it! Thanks Ashley! Enjoy your day today!!


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