Cherry Tomato Basil Salad

Looking for a quick and delicious take on a caprese salad? Look no further! This salad is loaded with cherry tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, which can all be found at the market. Shake things up a bit by adding fresh mizuna or sliced cucumber - you will be hooked!


basil oil:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2-3 basil leaves (plus more to toss into the salad)
  • squeeze of lemon


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • about ⅔ cup of small mozzarella balls, halved
  • ½ cup raw corn kernels
  • a few sliced basil leaves
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup pine nuts (optional)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)


Make the basil oil by very finely chopping 3-4 of your basil leaves, and mixing with the olive oil and a small squeeze of lemon. (you can also do this in a food processor). Let that sit while you assemble everything else.

Toss together the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, corn kernels and remainder of sliced basil with a bit of salt & pepper.

Drizzle basil oil on top (however much you want), along with a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Top with pine nuts and red pepper flakes. Serve with the remaining basil oil on the side.

Note vegan sub: replace mozzarella with chopped avocado

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