Caprese Christmas Wreath

Caprese Christmas Wreath
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Caprese Christmas Wreath

My Caprese Christmas Wreath is a festive and healthy dish.

It is a festive interpretation of the traditional and popular Italian appetiser. Insalata Caprese, which roughly translates as “salad of Capri”, is a perfect addition to your Christmas entertaining. It is simple to prepare, light and healthy and is an ideal contrast to the heavier foods people will be consuming over the festive season. Despite being simple to prepare, it still provides a “wow” factor. It looks so good that it’s perfect to use as your table centrepiece. It is a joy to look at and a joy to eat.

With summer almost here in Australia, and Christmas rapidly approaching, I relish the abundance of fresh, flavoursome tomatoes.

One of the great joys of summer is a freshly picked tomato. There is a sweetness and tanginess that requires very little in the way of adornment. With a freshly picked tomato, simple, as in this case, is most definitely best. And you can depend on the Italians to do simplicity in great style. Insalata Caprese, in its traditional form, consists of just tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil. However, when a dish is as simple as this one, it is essential that you use the best ingredients. The tomatoes must be perfectly ripe, the basil fresh and fragrant. Gorgeous balls of fresh mozzarella add creaminess to the dish. And for maximum flavour, you really must use extra virgin olive oil to drizzle over the salad.

Insalata Caprese is best served at room temperature. Ideally, for full flavour, tomatoes should be kept at room temperature.

However, if you have prepared the salad a little in advance, and refrigerated it, please allow time to bring it to room temperature. An icy cold tomato is not a joy to eat.

If you have not tried it before, you will discover that Insalata Caprese is a perfect combination of vibrant, fresh flavours. If you have tried it, what does it say to you? To me, it says sunshine, fresh produce and tomatoes that ripen naturally in the sun. And like Pizza Margherita, it displays the three colours of the Italian flag, red, white and green.

This patriotic Italian salad is ideal when you’re short on time, and who isn’t these days? 

I will be having some friends for casual meals over the festive season and I like the idea of keeping the menu simple. I’m thinking colourful, festive platters of food that can be prepared quickly and easily, such as this salad. I also like to provide a healthy dish to help negate the less than healthy, but totally delicious food, we will also be eating.

Therefore, if you need to prepare something that’s quick, tasty, and still “Christmassy” this will fit the bill. Not traditional, but still delicious, is to serve the Insalata Caprese Christmas Wreath with a drizzle of our Balsamic Glaze. Have some crusty Italian bread, or Foccacia on hand to mop up any juices. Caprese Salad goes deliciously with my Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Shells.

Another festive idea is our Smoked Salmon Wreath.

For a delicious spin on the classic dish, have a look at our Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad!

Enjoy!

Xx Alex

P.S. Have a look at our Chocolate Leaf Easter Wreath also!

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Caprese Christmas Wreath

My Caprese Christmas Wreath is a colourful and healthy dish that will be ideal for your Christmas table or festive celebrations. It’s quick and easy to make, looks good and tastes great.

Course Appetizer, Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword caprese, christmas, delicious, easy, gluten free, insalata, Italian, salad, simple
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 140 kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch basil
  • 100 g bocconcini small *
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes
  • 30 ml olive oil extra virgin, more to taste if needed
  • sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper to taste *
  • Balsamic Glaze to serve optional

Instructions

  1. For attractive presentation and the maximum effect, choose a large, white platter.

    Gently wash and dry the basil.*

  2. Remove leaves from the stems and arrange decoratively around the edge of the platter.

    Arrange the cherry tomatoes and bocconcini on the basil leaves.

  3. The salad can be prepared to this stage a little in advance. If you do refrigerate it, ensure that it has returned to room temperature prior to serving.

    Season to taste and drizzle on the extra virgin olive oil just prior to serving so the salad doesn’t wilt.

Recipe Notes

*Bocconcini are balls of fresh mozzarella, found in the refrigerator section at your supermarket. They range in size through large, medium and the very small ones that I have used here.

*I use Maldon sea salt for flavour and the flakes provide some texture.

*Fresh basil bruises easily so it is important to handle it gently.

Nutrition Facts
Caprese Christmas Wreath
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 136mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 14.6mg18%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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154 Comments on “Caprese Christmas Wreath”

  1. 5 stars
    This idea is so lovely! Thanks for sharing, it’s going to look so pretty and festive in my Christmas table!

  2. 5 stars
    What a great dish! I make this often and love that I now have a festive way to display it, thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    This is my favorite thing I have seen today! Something so simple that really brightens a table and is so festive!

  4. This is such a brilliant idea to incorporate food for a wreath. I really like this idea and would try making this for the coming holiday.

  5. 5 stars
    Wow! This is such a festive and yummy looking wreath! Thanks for sharing this recipe : )

  6. Oh my gosh that is a fantastic idea. Love the caprese christmas wreath great idea for the holidays.

  7. This is BEAUTIFUL! And so easy to make! Thank you for inspiring my holiday dish this year!

    Josephine | Better as Us
    betterasus.com

  8. Caprese salad is my FAVORITE, and this is the best way to turn something classic into something festive for the holiday season!

  9. 5 stars
    what a creative and delicious idea! i love it! it is perfect for serving guests during the holidays! now u r inspiring me to work the kitchen!

  10. this is such a cute and festive idea! my family is italian so we always serve pasta with the more “traditional” dishes, so i will definitely be making this salad to share as well! such an amazing idea 🙂 x

  11. 5 stars
    Looks like healthy meal for christmas. I am big fan of Italian Cuisine. This salad of capri looks amazing and I need to give a try for sure. Looks easy and doable

  12. 5 stars
    Wow, I didnt know this can be eaten too! Glad that this has the double function, looking great on the table before my guest arrive then start to eat them away. What a brilliant idea!

  13. 5 stars
    This is so pretty! This would make a great centre-piece at a Christmas party! Love this idea!

  14. OK now this is such a fun idea of a Christmas wreath. Edible, delicious – perhaps the perfect idea. Think I shall have to give this a go.

  15. This is such a beautiful idea. I love the idea of a centrepiece that is functional and beautiful.

  16. Such a great ideas d it’s not hard. I’m going to do this for the holidays this year! Thanks for the idea.

  17. This is so beautiful I wouldn’t want anyone to eat it after I was finished putting it together! I love how pretty and festive it is without being difficult to make.

  18. 5 stars
    This is such a great idea! My family loves tomatoes and cheese, so I will be making this for sure.

  19. 5 stars
    Such a beautiful, and tasty, addition to the Christmas table! I’m definitely making it this year! ❤️

  20. 5 stars
    This is a lovely appetizer idea! this year I have more people of Christmas to celebrate, I need to try this Caprese Christmas wreath! I think it’s too beautiful to eat 🙂

  21. Oh wow I love this, such a genius idea, I am definitely going to steal this one to impress my guest in the future lol dont worry I will give you credit for the idea lol

  22. What a pretty dish. This is such a great idea and I might just have to borrow this for a party.

  23. 5 stars
    Oh wow! This is absolutely splendid. It is a pity that my daughter does not like tomatoes. I cannot wait to try this.

  24. 5 stars
    Oh this looks so delicious and perfectly festive! It almost seems a shame to eat it – it’s so pretty! What a fab way to serve caprese!

  25. This is beautiful. I love healthy AND easy appetizer ideas, plus it looks delicious. Yum!

  26. This is brilliant. Not only the wreath looks pretty, but it’s also good to eat. And bocconcini is my favourite too!

  27. This looks and sounds so yummy with the balsamic glaze. Pinning for my Christmas gathering. Thank you!

  28. 5 stars
    I love caprese salad, especially when it’s made with freshly mozzarella bought from the farmer’s market. I think you have transformed the humble caprese into a beautiful center piece for the Christmas dinner.

  29. This looks so delightful and tasty. I just love everything about this! My boys would both probably DIG this!

  30. This is such an amazing idea and a heathy one too. It looks so lovely. I think I will definitely try it. It will be a great little surprise at the table 🙂

  31. 5 stars
    This is so simple yet so brilliant! I love this dish anyway, but with the wreath design I bet it goes down so well at parties!

  32. OMG this is the cutest thing ever! I am so making this for the next potluck that I have coming up. So simple yet looks amazing!

  33. This looks so festive and delicious! I’m going to try making it for my annual solstice get together.

  34. This is such a genius idea! And super simple too. I was looking for a dish that would combine Christmass tradition and will be suitable for high-temperature climate (as we’re spending Christmas in Southamerica) and this is it! Thank you

  35. I love Caprese Salad! This is such a fun and festive idea, can’t wait to make one!!

  36. This is so cute! I love a good recipie my kids can help me with. Also it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try it
    -Misty
    notanotherthing.com

  37. 5 stars
    That would be such a fun dish to do for Christmas. It’s too bad we don’t have the extended family Christmases any more after my Grandmother passed. This would have been a great dish to bring.

  38. I love Caprese salads! I had never thought to arrange them like a wreath, though. That’s absolutely perfect! I’ll have to try this for the holidays this year.

    ~Lindsey
    have-clothes-will-travel.com

  39. 5 stars
    Where has this idea been?!? lol
    It’s so simple! Plus, it uses mini mozzarella balls, which are my favorite!

    It would make a great app to transport to a party.
    Can’t wait to make it! 🙂

  40. LOVE IT!!! It’s looks so great and caprese is one of my fav salads – some ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, drizzled in olive oil and mozzarella – damn now I want to make one ??

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