Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad is a delicious variation on a previous recipe. The recipe in question demonstrates the versatility of Roasted Cherry Tomatoes. With minimal changes to the basic recipe, you will have another way in which to enjoy them; this time as a delicious salad. I generally serve this dish as an appetiser. It does however also make an excellent side dish or even a light, meat-free meal.

The recipe is simple, in fact, almost not a recipe but an idea. I have used heirloom cherry tomatoes here for their varied colour. However, you could use regular cherry tomatoes or halved Roma tomatoes. I toss the tomatoes with crushed garlic, dried oregano, sugar, salt flakes and extra virgin olive oil. I then roast them in a hot oven for 30 minutes until the tomatoes burst and their skins begin to caramelise. After they are cool, I remove the garlic. I then arrange the tomatoes on a serving platter. Add the torn fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves. I add a final sprinkle of salt flakes, just before serving, for some flavour and textural crunch.

The traditional recipe for Insalata Caprese is very simple.

Insalata Caprese, which loosely translates as the Salad from Capri, is just tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and salt. I love it prepared this way. On a hot summer’s day, when tomatoes are at their peak, there is nothing fresher or more delicious. In fact, when tomatoes, basil and mozzarella come together the world appears a little brighter. This beautiful salad, which wears the colours of the Italian flag, is a favourite of mine.

However, roasting the tomatoes adds another dimension to the traditional recipe.

Roast the tomatoes until they are bursting, their skins lightly tinged brown. Roasting the cherry tomatoes enhances their natural characteristics. The sweetness increases as the skins caramelise, the moisture is reduced and the flesh becomes concentrated. Their sweetness is complemented by the creamy silkiness of the cheese. Both ingredients are brightened by the vibrancy of fresh basil.

However, do not reduce the amount of olive oil. Although it may seem a generous amount it is essential to the outcome of the Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese. The roasted tomatoes will release a lot of juice. The oil blends with the acidity of the roasted tomato juices creating a beautifully flavoured dressing. You do not need to add anything further.

Light, flavourful and so easy to prepare, this Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad is a winner.

I make it in the summer when tomatoes are at the height of their season. It is however, an excellent way to enjoy tomatoes during the winter when they sometimes have a floury texture and lack flavour.  The roasting, which produces caramelisation, enhances their flavour and provides sunny flavours which will brighten the dullest day.

I love to serve this salad with crusty bread to mop up the delicious juices, and my homemade Balsamic Glaze.

Enjoy your week, and do let us know in the comments below when you try this!

Alex and Faye xx

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

This Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese salad is certain to become a favourite. It is light, full of flavour and so easy to make. You can serve it as an appetiser or as a side dish. Don’t miss the opportunity to mop up the delicious juices with some crusty bread.

Course Appetiser, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil, caprese, caprese salad, delicious, easy, gluten free, roasted tomato, salad, side dish, simple
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 262 kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 500 g cherry tomatoes I used heirloom
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed *
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin *
  • 1 tsp sugar *
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt flakes *
  • 150 g fresh mozzarella ball * torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

To Serve:

  • sea salt flakes to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 Degrees C (400 F).

  2. Wash and dry the tomatoes, halving any that are large. I pierce the whole tomatoes with the tip of a sharp knife. It will prevent them from exploding in the oven.

  3. Place the tomatoes in a medium-size bowl.

    Add the crushed garlic, olive oil, sugar, dried oregano and salt and toss together.

  4. Turn onto a rimmed baking tray and place in the preheated oven.

    Bake the tomatoes for about 30 minutes or until they begin to caramelise.

    Remove the tray from the oven and set aside to cool.

  5. When cool, remove the crushed garlic. Arrange the tomatoes on a serving platter with the torn mozzarella and the basil leaves.

  6. Pour the roasting juices over the tomatoes.

    Add a sprinkle of good quality Sea Salt Flakes just before serving.

    Serve as an appetiser with crusty bread to mop up the juices, or serve as a side dish.

Recipe Notes

*I have crushed the garlic as I just want the flavour. Remove the cloves before assembling the salad.
*To achieve the best flavour it is essential to use extra virgin olive oil.
*A teaspoon of sugar balances the acidity of the tomatoes.
*I use Maldon Salt Flakes. They have a beautiful flavour. I add just a little with the roasting and a sprinkle over the finished salad. The salt at the end provides a little crunch.
*To make the salad extra special, Buffalo mozzarella or a ball of Burrata would be a delicious alternative.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 394mg17%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 945IU19%
Vitamin C 29.5mg36%
Calcium 210mg21%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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242 Comments on “Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad”

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  2. 5 stars
    Caprese salad is one of my favorites and we have it all summer long! I can’t believe I never thought about roasting the tomatoes, because roasted tomatoes are amazing!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is easy to follow and I love the step by step instructions. This will be great for big family gatherings this summer.

  4. Yum, this dish reminds me of summer! We eat a lot of Caprese salad in Italy, and this makes me feel like I’m home πŸ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    Oh my, I need this Caprese salad in my life! I found fresh mozzarella snack packs that would be perfect for making a mini version of this for myself for lunch tomorrow.

  6. 5 stars
    OMG That looks so healthy and scrumptious! I haven’t taken my breakfast yet and now I am craving for one. I will be giving this recipe a 5 star! How I wish I have cooking ware to do this. <3 Yum Yum

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words πŸ™‚ I promise that this recipe is so simple πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll get a chance to try it πŸ™‚

  7. My 9 year old daughter LOVES caprese salads. Anytime we go to an Italian restaurant, that’s all she wants. I’m going to make this version for her. I’m sure she’d love it.

    1. Oh, that’s so sweet, Heather – and your daughter and I have that in common πŸ™‚ (well, about always wanting to order the salad – I usually want to order everything on the menu too!!)
      I hope this is a recipe you’ll all enjoy!

  8. This is one yummy and impressive looking salad ever, I do love cherry tomatoes and use them lots in my salads. I need to give this a try.

  9. I was at a restaurant last week and the lady at the next table ordered a caprese salad. I thought it looked great. I love roasting tomatoes, so I think I’d love this salad.

  10. I love Caprese salad so much! I don’t usually use cherry tomatoes. I’ll have to try this!

  11. I love it when I come across a new recipe. This looks yummy, and I agree it’s perfect for a light meal on a summer day. But I will have to swap the dressing as I’m not a fan of balsamic. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Valerie! The recipe doesn’t specifically call for balsamic, it is just a serving suggestion – so you’re good to go with just the ingredients listed in the recipe πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

  12. I absolutely love tomatoes, and I have only roasted tomatoes a few times. This looks delicious, and a great way to use up all the tomatoes that I grow in the summertime!

  13. 5 stars
    I really love roasting tomatoes, this salad looks so delicious, i really love opting to something healthier.

  14. OMGeeeee! This recipe sounds delicious! I’d love to give it a whirl sometime, and it seems pretty simple to follow (so even a crap cook like me wouldn’t balls it up LOL) x

  15. 5 stars
    This salad looks really yummy and healthy. I love all the ingredients, especially cherry tomatoes! I’ll give it a try for sure. πŸ™‚

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  17. This is what we called next level salad :). I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. Recipe looks easy and doable.

  18. This sounds so delightful! I definitely need to try and make this soon when the weather warms up! xo

  19. I am so 100% inlove with this salad. It is not just so nutritious but also tasteful. I cannot wait to get some myself.

  20. There are meal recipes you see and feel even more hungry than you can ever imagine. Good one recipe here. Salad in a whole new dimension for me.

  21. You keep posting the most amazing recipes, Alex! The only problem is our seasons are opposites. I’m looking out at a bunch of the white stuff (I can’t say that 4-letter-word again this year), but then I look back at your amazing recipes. I’m totally craving a good caprese salad, and those roasted tomatoes would add such a great layer of flavor. Well done, my friend!

    1. Well, it probably won’t make you feel any better that I have never seen the old cold white stuff where I live lol! (So, I would LOVE to, and it is high on my travel list!!)
      Hope this will be lovely inspiration for when the weather warms up for you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  24. Since I was little and forced to eat tomatoes at school and they made me sick I have not been able to eat them but I do cook with them for my family and they would love this recipe x

  25. This is very new to me. I’ve never tried roasted cherry tomatoes. When I saw the recipe, what you said earlier made a lot of sense. “It’s more of an idea than a recipe.” (Quoting it my own way). πŸ™‚ Should try this sometime.

  26. It looks delicious, easy to prepare and perfect for summer gatherings, I cannot wait to make it this weekend for our family party

  27. I’m probably one of the few here that has never roasted a tomato but I’ve always wanted to.. I think I will try it just so I can try this recipe. It looks delicious!

  28. 5 stars
    This looks like such a tasty and healthy salad! I need to try making more different types of salad and I’ll definitely save this one for the future!

  29. I love caprese salad and I love roasted anything so this is a match made in heaven! Making it this weekend!

  30. I would love to try your version of Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad! This is one of my favorite dishes!

  31. 5 stars
    Gosh, your salad recipe looks really delicious and honestly, it makes my mouthwatering. I will do this at home, yummy!

  32. I cannot find some of the ingredients here πŸ™ But, this images look so tasty. I will search for the ingredients online and try to experiment πŸ™‚

  33. Looks sooo good! I like it better with roasted tomatoes than fresh tomatoes because cooking tomatoes brings out a depth of flavor fresh ones don’t have.

    1. It is such a luxury to grow your own tomatoes Natalie, the flavours are so good. Store-bought tomatoes definitely benefit from roasting, it heightens their natural flavours. πŸ™‚

  34. I’m not a fan of tomatoes unless they are cooked in a sauce but I love the look of this salad tbh. Maybe something I would make for somebody else and I’d just leave out the tomatoes and add some cucumber for myself maybe!

    1. Hi Shareen, perhaps you would like these tomatoes as they are cooked. I do hope that you give this recipe a try. Please let me know how you enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  35. Wow! This looks really delicious. Very timely since we just harvested some cherry tomatoes from our backyard. Going out today to grab the other ingredients.

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