Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

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Today I dropped my “little man” off at his first day of summer camp.  It’s held at the school where he went to preschool and will attend kindergarten, so the surroundings are familiar.  But I still wanted to be the one to drop him off in order to meet his camp counselors, and get him all set.  It’s superhero week (which worked out well since he brought his Spiderman backpack and lunchbox), and they are even going to the beach this afternoon.  Wish I could go to camp!  It sure sounds like fun!

I also packed him his very first lunch from home.  Up until now, daycare and preschool all provided lunch.  So this was his first time to take his lunchbox.  I had a hard time not getting all emotional as I packed it this morning!  Now to try to come up with creative lunch box ideas!  Any Moms out there have any to share?

So, all in all it looks like it’s going to be a very fun summer.  And, for many of us, summer is salad season… and I get tired of making the same ol’ salad to go with dinner day after day.  I recently put a basil plant on my windowsill, so here is the perfect way to put that basil to good use.   I love caprese salads, but sometimes I can’t find a perfect juicy tomato to go in it.  However, the cherry & grape tomatoes always seem to be full of flavor (lately I’m a bit addicted to the yellow ones!).

Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
courtesy of Cooking Light, June 2012

serves: 4
WW PointsPlus: 2

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pint halved heirloom cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup halved miniature mozzarella balls

Combine vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and mozzarella balls. Toss to combine.


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  1. Sue Says:

    I actually made this yesterday! Bought some nice mozzarella at BJ’s and cubed it..din’t have cherry or grape tomatoes but some type of small tomato so I quarted them and had some nice fresh basil from the garden. I used Good Season garlic and herb dressing…it was so good and refreshing!

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