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Caprese Salad with Pesto


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I think this would make a lovely light dinner sometime with some tuna or chicken tossed in with homemade crusty bread on the side. Try it and tell me what you think!

Caprese Salad With Pesto


  • Equal parts sliced young cucumber, chopped garden tomato (or cherry tomatoes), and cubed mozzarella cheese

  • Prepared pesto (See Below)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling


  1. In a bowl, combine cucumber, tomato, and cheese

  2. Add pesto according to taste preferences (Pesto is concentrated in flavor, so a little goes a long way. I like a teaspoon or two in one bowlful of salad.)

  3. Drizzle EVOO over all, and stir until pesto is mixed throughout.

Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto


  • 3 cups chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/8 cup Brazil nuts
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  •  1/2 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Place the basil in a blender. Pour in about 1 tablespoon of the oil, and blend basil into a paste. Gradually add pine nuts, Brazil nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, chili powder, and remaining oil. Continue to blend until smooth.

Voila!  Enjoy!

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Categories : Soups and Salads

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