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Christmas Caprese Salad

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Our candy cane Christmas Caprese Salad is super easy and super festive! We serve with toasted sourdough bread, balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping. A simple Christmas appetiser that will impress your guests!

Honestly if you’re looking for super easy Christmas party food, then our Christmas tomato and mozzarella salad is just perfect!

It’s ridiculously easy to make and pretty healthy to eat too! It makes a nice, lighter change to all the rich Christmas party food at this time of year.

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy Christmas salad recipes, they just feel fresh and light.

caprese salad in the shape of candy cane, decorated with rosemary sprigs. Served on a black slate platter alongside toasted seeded sourdough bread and a pot of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. Platter is on a festive red table runner with white snowflake motif.

Christmas Caprese Salad Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of delicious Italian style ingredients to make this delicious mozzarella tomato salad.

  • 250g mozzarella
  • 3 vine tomatoes
  • Handful of basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Small sourdough loaf or baguette
  • Rosemary sprigs for extra decoration
  • Salt and black pepper

Equipment Needed

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Serving platter
  • Two small bowls
  • Tablespoon
  • Bread knife

How To Make Caprese Salad

You’ll just love how easy our mozzarella and tomato salad is to make!

Step One – prepare the mozzarella tomato basil ingredients

  • Slice the mozzarella cheese into rounds.
  • Slice the vine tomatoes
  • Tear off a handful of nice full basil leaves

Step Two – start to make up the candy cane Caprese Salad shape

  • Start by laying the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves slightly overlapping in a candy cane shape.
caprese salad in the shape of a candy cane - displayed on a black slate platter which is sat on top of a festive red table runner with snowflake motif in white
  • Next, add a few sprigs of rosemary for some extra decoration to make it look even nicer.
caprese salad decorated with rosemary sprigs in the shape of a candy cane - displayed on a black slate platter which is sat on top of a festive red table runner with snowflake motif in white

Step 3 – make the mini bruschetta toasts

  • Slice the loaf into thin slices and toast each one. Then just add a pile to the platter. Any spares can be put in a basket nearby.
caprese salad in the shape of candy cane, decorated with rosemary sprigs. Served on a black slate platter alongside toasted seeded sourdough bread and a pot of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. Platter is on a festive red table runner with white snowflake motif.

Step 4 – add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar

  • Pour the balsamic vinegar and olive oil into little pots and arrange on the Christmas salad platter.
  • Season the tomato and mozzarella salad with salt and black pepper.
caprese salad in the shape of candy cane, decorated with rosemary sprigs. Served on a black slate platter alongside toasted seeded sourdough bread and a pot of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. Platter is on a festive red table runner with white snowflake motif.

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What To Serve With Caprese Salad

Our delicious Candy Cane Caprese Salad is perfect served as part of a Christmas buffet. And it goes really well with any of the following…

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Christmas Caprese Salad Recipe Tips!

  • Prepare ahead of time – if I’m making this ahead of time I usually just prepare all the ingredients and store in airtight containers in the fridge and assemble just before guests arrive. That way it stops the salad getting soggy.
  • How long does Caprese Salad last? Any leftovers (which I doubt you’ll have as it’s so yummy) can be stored in the fridge and eaten within 24 hours.
  • Love your leftovers – Caprese Salad leftovers are great turned into toasted sandwiches, used up as pizza topping or just eaten loaded onto little bruchettas.

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Yield: Serves 4

Christmas Caprese Salad

caprese salad in the shape of candy cane, decorated with rosemary sprigs. Served on a black slate platter alongside toasted seeded sourdough bread and a pot of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. Platter is on a festive red table runner with white snowflake motif.

A super eas, super festive Christmas salad recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g mozzarella cheese
  • 3 vine tomatoes
  • handful basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • small sourdough loaf - sliced
  • handful of rosemary sprigs
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the mozzarella cheese into rounds.
  2. Slice the vine tomatoes
  3. Tear off a handful of nice full basil leaves
  4. Start by laying the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves slightly overlapping in a candy cane shape.
  5. Next add a few sprigs of rosemary for some extra decoration to make it look even nicer.
  6. Slice the loaf into thin slices and toast each one. Then just add a pile to the platter. Any spares can be put in a basket nearby.
  7. Pour the balsamic vinegar and olive oil into little pots and arrange on the Christmas salad platter.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 398Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 536mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 8gSugar: 6gProtein: 18g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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