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This Marinated Caprese Salad is a great side dish. Marinated in balsamic dressing and herbs, it has so much flavor.

Marinated Caprese Salad

This Marinated Caprese Salad recipe is a great side dish. Marinated in balsamic dressing and herbs, it is bursting with flavor.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (or white balsamic for a lighter color)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley (see Note)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano (see Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of sugar (cuts the acidity)
  • 4 cups halved cherry or grape tomatoes (2 pints)
  • 8 ounces pearl mozzarella balls
  • balsamic glaze (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the olive, vinegar, herbs, salt, and sugar. Add the tomatoes and toss to combine. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Chill at least an hour or until ready to serve.

  2. Before serving toss together with mozzarella. Garnish with additional basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired. 

Recipe Notes

Fresh herbs are best but you can sub with dried. Just remember 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs is equal to 1 teaspoon of dried herbs.

I like the taste of balsamic but it can turn the mozzarella balls dark which isn't very pretty. You can either use a white balsamic vinegar or toss in the balls at the last second before serving.

A reduced balsamic glaze can be drizzled on top when ready to serve. This is sold by the regular balsamic. It's not necessary but it does dress up the dish.