Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
30 min
8 as a side dish


1 cup
orange juice
2/3 cup
tomato sauce
3 Tbsp
tomato paste
1 cup
fresh basil (packed)
2 clove
garlic (minced)
1 tsp
garlic salt
1/4 cup
apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
8 oz
fresh mozzarella
large ripe tomatoes (cut into thick slices then quarterd, multi colored if possible)
handful of grape tomatoes (halved)
large Japanese cucumbers (partially peeled and sliced on the diagonal)
6 cup
fresh romaine lettuce (in bite-size pieces)
fresh basil leaves (sliced thin for garnish)
Prep Time:
30 min
Total Time:
30 min


Make the Basil Vinaigrette by combining all of the ingredients (orange juice, tomato sauce, tomato paste, one cup of fresh basil, garlic, garlic salt, apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste) in a blender or food processor and pulsing until the basil is chopped and the dressing is a smooth consistency.

Assemble the salad in a salad bowl and toss together with big drizzles of the dressing and topping off with the basil leaves for garnish.

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Chef Michi Watarai