This summer was all about no-prep recipes and simple ingredients that maximize the flavors of the season. Think of it as less effort and more rewards. I can’t see the oven. Ripe peaches on overnight oats, juicy watermelon and tomato salad, sweet corn, and plenty of guacamole. Obviously, I’m a regular at the Farmers Market. Therefore, it felt right to highlight his one of my favorite summer fruits: strawberries. Sometimes it feels like this berry is overlooked. I understand that. I usually spend 10 minutes flipping a plastic box of strawberries at the grocery store before giving up and settling for something else. But if you’ve ever experienced the delights of farmers market strawberries, you know that this season is all about eating as many strawberries as you can. And so, this wonderful Strawberry Caprese Salad is ready.
This recipe requires no cooking, is beyond easy, and only requires a handful of ingredients. With a few tricks, it’s as good as the classic tomato version. Add strawberries to your market list. A reward awaits you.
Strawberry Caprese Salad Ingredients
strawberry. The more ripe, the better. However, since the strawberries are soaked, the original flavor of the strawberries is brought out, so it doesn’t have to be a little hard and not sweet.
Honey. I like honey for dipping strawberries. Adds a touch of floral sweetness to flavors I like. However, you can use granulated sugar instead if you prefer.
lemon peel. For added punch to the flavor, I like the brightness of the lemon zest.
black pepper. And there are a lot of them. Elevate your salad by adding warmth. We want you to enjoy freshly ground coffee, so please use freshly ground coffee.
Burrata. It’s a bit fancy, but it’s the most delicious cheese because it’s creamy on the inside and springy on the outside. You can also use regular mozzarella slices, mini mozzarella balls, or ricotta cheese if you prefer.
Olive oil. Taste only the good.
basil. Basil is a must if you want herbal freshness.
Tips for getting the most out of strawberries
I love strawberries, so having lots on hand has taught me the hard way that strawberries can spoil quickly and sometimes need a helping of flavor.
To save your strawberries, I follow Cleaning tips with baking soda and vinegar. I’ve heard both that it’s best to wait until you’re ready to eat your strawberries, and that washing them this way makes them last longer. You may have to experiment and learn your own method, but it works for me to wash the berries this way, dry them thoroughly, and store them in a loose-top container with paper towels. However, if there is a recommended way, please let me know.
To prepare the strawberries for this salad, soak the strawberries. This means chopping the berries and sprinkling them with a little sugar and salt to bring out the berries’ natural juices and concentrate the flavor. (Learn more about this magical flavor-enhancing process.) This concentrates the flavor and gives the salad a little bit of berry sauce that coats each fruit nicely while adding a touch of tartness.
Next Level Strawberry Caprese Salad Tips
This salad is so simple that there are a few ways to make it even better.
topped with pesto. To go further the savory route, topping everything with fresh basil pesto adds even more herbal flavor to the salad.
add different fruits. Adding chopped nectarines, peaches, plums, or other berries creates a berry-and-cream vibe between salad and dessert. Either way, it’s extra delicious.
Enjoy with crispy bread. I love how this spoon and fork salad turns into a DIY appetizer. Mix everything up and top with sliced bread according to your guest’s liking.