Caprese Salad – Christmas starters

Caprese salad is a super simple salad made of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. I tend to think of it as a summer salad when tomatoes are in season where I live.

But this is Christmas version – shaped into a candy cane design for a fun and festive take on this classic salad.

Related: Find more ideas for holiday appetizers in our archive.

Caprese Salad Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes – the tastier and fresher the better
  • Fresh Mozzarella – I like to slice this myself to get the thickness I prefer
  • Basil – The leaves can be left whole or you can chop them to sprinkle over the salad
  • Olive oil & salt – to drizzle and sprinkle over the top before serving

Tips for making Caprese salad:

  • Cut tomatoes and mozzarella to the same thickness for a uniform serving appearance.
  • You can still achieve this candy cane look even if you choose to cut the items into cubes or smaller pieces.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with some sea salt flakes just before serving.

Serving suggestion:

While this salad is great on its own, here are some things you might want to serve it with:


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tomato, mozzarella and basil salad styled like a candy bar

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  • Wash and thinly slice the tomatoes, removing any steamed areas as needed.

  • Cut the mozzarella into thin or thick pieces according to your preference.

  • Leave the basil leaves whole or chop into small pieces.

  • Arrange the ingredients in a candy cane design.

  • Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with sea salt before serving.


Nutrition facts

Caprese Salad – Christmas starters

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* Percent daily values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition is automatically calculated using Spoonacular for your convenience. Where applicable, we recommend using your own nutritional calculations.

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