Caprese Spinach Salad #SundaySupper

I did it! I followed a dream of mine and opened up a food stall and catering business! This is the most intense and risky things I have ever done and I am loving it. We had our first day in the local market yesterday and while it wasn’t a huge financial success for our first day it was still a success. We learned so much and now have a much clearer idea about what we need to do next. If I learned anything yesterday it is that no matter how far fetched your dreams can seem at the time, keep trying to reach for them because you never know how high you can go until you at least try.

But any way, enough about me. Today Sunday Supper is sharing picnic recipes. Since hubby and I are trying to eat less carbs we have been having fun exploring more salad recipes. This one was inspired from our recent trip to Italy. I love bruschetta and we enjoyed it a lot while we were there. But trying to cut out some of our bread I decided to turn it into a simple salad that would not only be a wonderful week day summer meal but perfect to pack up for a picnic.

If you are taking it with you on a picnic make the tomato salad and package it separate from the spinach and dressing until you are ready to serve. This is Katy from Happy Baking Days first time hosting so make sure you go check her out and give her some love for hosting such a fun and festive theme for the holiday weekend.

Caprese Spinach Salad

250g (9 oz) cherry tomatoes, cut in half]
150g (5 oz) mozzarella cherries, cut in half
1 Tbsp olive oil
10 basil leaves, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper to taste
60mL (1/4 c.) Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
170g (6 oz) fresh spinach, washed


Pour the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan, or deep frying pan over medium heat. Bring the heat to a boil without reducing the heat on the stove. Then turn down the heat so that boil reduces to a simmer, once the vinegar has reached a simmer add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Stir occasionally and allow to simmer until the vinegar has reduced by at least half. Allow to cool completely.

Add the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the caprese mixture onto of spinach and carefully drizzle the balsamic dressing.

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Caprese Spinach Salad
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 250g (9 oz) cherry tomatoes, cut in half]
  • 150g (5 oz) mozzarella cherries, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 10 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 60mL (1/4 c.) Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 170g (6 oz) fresh spinach, washed
Instructions
  1. Pour the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan, or deep frying pan over medium heat. Bring the heat to a boil without reducing the heat on the stove. Then turn down the heat so that boil reduces to a simmer, once the vinegar has reached a simmer add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Stir occasionally and allow to simmer until the vinegar has reduced by at least half. Allow to cool completely.
  2. Add the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve the caprese mixture onto of spinach and carefully drizzle the balsamic dressing.

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39 Responses to Caprese Spinach Salad #SundaySupper

  1. Katy says:

    Congratulations on your food stall and business!! That is secretly a dream of mine too, so I will pick your brains at some point! Thank you for contributing such a beautiful dish – I’m not sure there is anything better than caprese, spinach, tomatoes and balsamic dressing on a sunny day!

  2. Congratulations on your new business venture!

    Caprese salad is my favorite go-to summer salad. Your salad sounds and looks great.

  3. Liz says:

    Congrats on your new endeavor, Laura! I know you’ll be successful. Your salad is gorgeous…one of my favorites :)

  4. Katie says:

    How cool that you opened a food stall – congratulations and best of luck!

    Caprese salad is one of my favorite items to eat…so fresh and delicious! Perfect for a picnic…

  5. Congrats on your new venture Momma! I wish you both lots of luck, how exciting for you both!! Have I mentioned how obsessed I am with Caprese anything!!??? :) Love it!

  6. Best of luck to you with your new food stand. How exciting!

  7. All my favorites in a salad. Cheese, tomatoes, Balsamic…Yum! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Renee says:

    Congratulations on your new business and I wish you much success! How great to take that leap and do something you have dreamed about for so long.

  9. Congrats Laura! And this salad would be a great way to celebrate your new business!

  10. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    How exciting on your new foodie adventure, Laura!!! Congrats. And lovely salad… on just can’t go wrong with a good Caprese- my fav!!

  11. Congrats on taking the big leap! I hope you continue to share how things are going so we can follow your adventure and success ~ this salad is super tasty and the kind of thing I would gobble up. Yum!

  12. Megan says:

    Congrats on your new business! How exciting :) I love this recipe!!

  13. Soni says:

    Wow, Congratulations on your new venture!!How exciting!!I hope you find great success and happiness in following your dream :)
    BTW this salad looks absolutely delicious!Love the balsamic in there :)

  14. Congrats! What a cool accomplishment! I love caprese anything, so yeah, this is happening.

  15. Congratulations! You’ve taken a huge step and I’m so excited for you. Your caprese spinach salad looks super tasty – love all the ingredients in there, very refreshing and balsamic vinegar definitely adds a nice touch.

  16. What a great idea for a salad! And many congrats on your new business venture!!!! How exciting!!!!

  17. Congrats on your new business! This salad looks divine..perfect for summer :)

  18. Tara says:

    If you never try your dreams you will never feel that wonderful accomplishment. Way to go!! Your salad is great!! Love that combination of flavors!!

  19. Congrats on your new adventure, love the salad very nice.

  20. This kind of salad is awesome, fresh and perfect for a good meal without the starch. And that balsamic reduction is the best part! Congratulations on your new business!

  21. Hmmm…love caprese salad, and love spinach salad. Love how you created culinary synergy here!

  22. Woooo! You go! And if you serve this salad, I’ll take 10!

  23. Congratulations on living the dream, Laura =)

    Your Caprese salad is a dream meal come true!

  24. Hezzi-D says:

    Congrats on your new venture! This salad sounds delicious!

  25. Yay for your new adventure! That is so exciting, good for you! That’s sort of my dream business, as well. Here in the Detroit area, food trucks are getting super popular, and there’s also a few little food truck “malls” (for lack of a better description), where several food trucks are semi-permanently parked for business. I’ve always thought getting a space in one of those places would be cool.

  26. Congrats to YOU! That is huge news, and quite an accomplishment! Much success to you.

  27. Congrats on your new business! I love caprese salads for summer and picnics!

  28. Congrats on the food stall and catering business! Wow! that’s wonderful news!!! How fun! I agree with you wholeheartedly! keep trying to reach for your dreams because you’ll never know unless you try. . I’m SO happy for you!
    and the caprese salad looks lovely, yum!

  29. Stacy says:

    So proud of you for following your dream and making it a reality, Laura! I am looking forward to reading your tales of trials and exultations, hoping that the latter will greatly outweigh the former. What a beautiful salad you have made today! I love the flavors and colors – perfect for a summer picnic or party.

  30. Caprese salad is one of my favorites. I love the addition of spinach. Yum!

  31. Wow congratulations on your food stall and catering business! I hope it goes really well for you :) This salad looks so refreshing. I love balsamic vinegar.

  32. Congrats – that is SO exciting!

    And I lurve caprese-style anything -so I want to dive in to that plate.

  33. Congratulations on the new food stall and catering business! That is so exciting!

    I love caprese salad and yours looks amazing!

  34. Such a gorgeous salad! Love this!

  35. Susan says:

    Congratulations! How exciting on your business, I wish you the very best of luck and success! I love caprese, so I’m all over this salad.

  36. What are you talking about “enough about me?”! I totally want to hear more about your stall and your experience. Congratulations on following your dream and bringing it to life. I’m always in awe of people brave enough to do that. I’ve been thinking about selling baked goods on the side for a long time now but haven’t taken the plunge. You’re inspiring me to think seriously about it. As for your dish – I love that you added spinach to caprese salad. This looks fabulous!

  37. Samantha says:

    good luck with your business!! So exciting and challenging but well worth it if you are passionate, which you seem to be!
    This salad looks beautiful!

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