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arugula caprese salad with basil vinaigrette

Caprese Arugula Salad | greens & chocolate

My herb garden this year is teeny tiny because of the 3 week trip Marc and I are taking in July.  I didn’t want to plant a bajillion things and then have it all die because I can’t water it.  Luckily I have found a super gracious friend to help keep my herbs and one lone tomato plant alive while we’re gone.  This is ideal for so many reasons.  One: Hopefully I will have tons of fresh basil and cherry tomatoes waiting for me when we get back.  Two: If for some reason they don’t make it through July *cough* like every other year I plant a garden *cough* this year it won’t be my fault.  Pretty slick thinkin’ of mine, right?

Caprese Arugula Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

But seriously, I have a major black thumb.  Even some the flowers that I planted in our planters have already died despite days upon days of rain and plenty of sun, which they were supposed to like.   I’m still holding out hope for those tomatoes and basil.

Caprese Arugula Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Hopefully when we get back home at the end of July I will be able to make caprese salad for DAYS.  Side note: I had the hardest time naming this salad.  Is it “Caprese Arugula Salad” or “Arugula Caprese Salad?”  I’m pretty sure no one really cares but me but these are the things that keep me up at night.  Serious food blogger problems right here.  

I should just call it “Super Delicious Arugula Caprese/Caprese Arugula Salad” cuzzzzzz that’s what it is.  You better believe I’ll be making this “Whatever You Want To Call It Salad” over and over again with my fresh herbs and ‘maters.

Caprese Arugula Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

I love a good caprese salad, but I also really love some sort of green in my salads too.  That’s where the arugula came in and it was a perfect match to the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil vinaigrette.  It was flavorful with all of its peppery goodness, but not overpowering.  We ate this alongside some grilled veggies and bread for dinner, but I think it’d also be great with grilled steak or chicken, or topped with some grilled croutons for an entire meal.  It would also be a delicious and healthy addition to any 4th of July BBQ this weekend!

Caprese Arugula Salad with Basil Vinaigrette | greens & chocolate

arugula caprese salad with basil vinaigrette

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Servings: 6 -8 side salads


for the basil vinaigrette:

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

for the salad:

  • 5 oz baby arugula
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup mini mozzarella balls
  • croutons for topping optional


To make the vinaigrette:

  • Add all items to blender or food processor and pulse/blend until pureed. If using a food processor, it will likely be a bit chunkier...that's ok!

To make the salad:

  • Combine arugula, tomatoes and mozzarella balls in large bowl or big plate.
  • Drizzle with half of basil vinaigrette, toss to combine.
  • Drizzle with more of the vinaigrette, to your preference. Adding half at first helps ensure you don't overdress the salad.
  • Enjoy!
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  1. This salad looks fabulous! Caprese salads are the best and I love the basil vinaigrette! I’m totally with you when it comes to trying to name the dish I make, sometimes I’ll spend 15 minutes going back and forth between names…only another food blogger would understand this.

  2. Beautiful Salad! Caprese salad are my favorite, with all those fresh tomatoes and mozzarella I could eat this everyday. I’m hoping for some crazy hot weather, so I can blame my plants death to that and not that I’m a terrible gardener. Haha

  3. Caprese salads are the best! And I love that you added the extra greens with the arugula!

    haha I’m glad I’m not the only one with a black thumb …. so far this year my garden is doing well but I’m not sure it will last all summer : )

  4. I have a major black thumb too… its embarrassing.

    This salad looks great! I love caprese, and pretty much anything caprese based. Must definitely give this one a try!

  5. This was delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. A few changes/additions I made – used marinated mini mozzarella cheese, subbed balsamic vinegar for the white, and added grilled chicken and red onions. Also, I used an arugula/spinach salad mix. Overall wonderful idea and great summer meal!