This chopped caprese salad isn’t only pretty to look at, but tastes great also. Simple to make and will really wow your crowd.
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Oh it’s that time of year where salads are all the rave. All those New Years resolutions and people think it’s now time to eat better or at least eat less to get rid some of those holiday pounds.
Caprese salad isn’t your typical salad though. No lettuce and lots of cheese. At least it’s one of the healthier cheeses. Tomatoes, cheese, basil, and some balsamic is basically the jist of this salad.
I do have a previous post of marinated caprese salad, which I love. Caprese salad is probably one of my favorite salads. I’m sure it has something to do with all the cheese.
I wanted to do something a little different with this salad. There are so many variations of this salad, but one I haven’t seen is chopped and stacked. There is something about stacking foods that I love.
I have a stacked Cobb salad which so good. The best part is the presentation. I mean if you’re really trying to impress someone making the food pretty is the way to go.
I’ve had these Food Tower Rings Forms(set of 2) for over a year now and love using them. They come in a set of two, which means you can use one and make something small. Or use both of them at the same time and make something bigger like with this recipe.
All you simply need to do for this recipe is cut up your tomatoes in half and then in half again. Mix together your marinade and mix it together with your tomatoes.
Use your stacking rings and start with a layer of cheese and pack it down good. Next a layer of tomatoes and pack down and repeat with the cheese. Keep layering until you reach the top.
Carefully lift your rings slowly trying to keep your stack in tact. This can be a bit tricky, but if you pack it good there shouldn’t be a problem.
Instead of making my own balsamic reduction I found this already made bottle at my local store. So time saving because making the reduction does take about 20 minutes. Just drizzle some on top and your salad is complete.
If you have a romantic meal or a luncheon coming up this is the perfect dish for you. A twist on a classic with the best presentation you can get.
Chopped Caprese Salad
- 1 cup Cherry tomatoes
- 1 oz Mozzarella balls
- 1/2 cup Chopped basil
- 3 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
- 1/4 Tsp Garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp Balsamic reduction sauce
- Chop tomatoes into 4 pieces
- Mix basil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and garlic powder and pour over tomatoes and mix well
- Use your stacking rings and start with a layer of mozzarella balls, then a layer of tomatoes. Continue until you reach the top of your rings.
- Slowly pull your rings up and off. Drizzle with balsamic reduction