When a cheese craving hits around lunch time, this Caprese cucumber tomato salad is a joy to find in the fridge. It’s cold, crunchy, and has plenty of garlic-laced mozzarella cheese to satisfy even proclaimed salad-haters.

Caprese cucumber tomato salad for a healthy crowd.

When I volunteered to bring a dish to my gym’s potluck, there was additional pressure to make something healthy. Immediately, this salad came to mind. Caprese cucumber tomato salad is packed with colorful veggies and fragrant basil. It’s lettuce-free, which means it can be made ahead of time.  And the star of this dish is mozzarella, a cheese most people love.

To keep the salad chilled, it sat on a large ice pack wrapped with an absorbent kitchen towel. Despite what appeared to be a large quantity, my caprese salad was one of the first dishes to go. It’s been recommended to many of my friends and I’d 100% make it again for a BBQ, football party or potluck.

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Caprese cucumber tomato salad

Caprese cucumber tomato salad

Salad ingredients

Ingredients

Dressing ingredients

  • 2 tbsp garlic diced
  • cup olive oil
  • cup red wine vinegar
  • S+P about 1 tsp each, to taste

Salad ingredients

  • 5 cucumbers seeds removed and diced
  • 2 red peppers diced
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 small basket cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz mozzarella balls halved
  • ½ cup basil cut in thin ribbons

Instructions

  1. Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Mix all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Combine dressing with the salad ingredients. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge up to 24 hours before serving.

This Greek red potato salad is another great option if you want to up your chilled salad game. It's made with another combo of fresh flavors, Feta and dill. It's perfect for a BBQ side or weeknight dinner.

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