Strawberry Caprese Salad


strawberries, basil, mozzarella slice on a brown and black checkered paper

Strawberry Caprese Salad is a great summer treat. Sun-ripened sweet strawberries, acidic balsamic, and creamy mozzarella combine together for a great treat! Try this for a cheese course and pair it with white or rose wine.  If you’re looking for an after dinner treat but want to avoid added sugar, this is a great option! It has sweet notes from the strawberries and balsamic vinegar. If you are craving something sweet for lunch this works too!  Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to put together.

Why Fresh Mozzarella?

Fresh Mozzarella is a key ingredient. If you don’t have this ingredient, this isn’t worth making. This is not one of those ingredients where you can substitute it for something else.  Do not substitute fresh mozzarella for any kind of shredded, sliced, or a block of mozzarella.  Fresh mozzarella has a higher moisture content than the other varieties. It is easily cut with the side of a fork with very little pressure.  If you don’t have access to fresh mozzarella, it is very easy to make. Even if you have never made cheese before. It does call for a few specialized ingredients.  I made fresh mozzarella for Caprese Salad on the food cart for a while. It is so good fresh! But you won’t end up saving any money making it yourself.
fresh herbs on a wooden surface

Fresh Herbs

Always with the fresh herbs around here! I just can’t get away from them.  For a little fun, try adding fresh mint along with the basil. It really steps up the profile of the strawberries when you have both mint and basil.  I do not recommend adding dried herbs to this. You can get a squeeze tube of basil in a pinch. The presentation will suffer a little as will the flavor, but it is the closest thing.

Balsamic

When recipes have only a few ingredients, omitting or substituting ingredients will change the dish substantially.  Besides changing the essence of the dish, there is nothing comparable to balsamic.  In most recipes, you can play with different types of vinegar. But when it comes to balsamic you cannot replicate its flavor profile.  The closest I’ve come to replicating it is with mushrooms.  Do yourself a favor and get a nice balsamic or balsamic reduction for these applications. If you try this recipe let me know in the comments below! New to gluten free? Check out our tips for starting easy and confidently. Wondering what is the big deal with gluten free? Check out this article on the history of wheat.

Fawn

My passion is supporting those who need to be gluten free. After my family had to transition to eating gluten free I realized how difficult it is. It is more than finding a recipe. It is about how to navigate social situations, deal with isolation, and other things that come along with it. I live in Oregon with my family, cats, and chickens.

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