Blueberry-Caprese Salad

Blueberry-Caprese Salad |
  • Blueberry-Caprese Salad
Posted on July 14, 2016

Look! I made us a salad for the 4th of July.

But unfortunately, it’s the 14th of July.

As usual, I’m late to the party. This is the story of my life.

Truth be told, this extremely patriotic looking dish was a total accident. I’m not one to usually get excited about color coordinating my food with the Holidays. I don’t need green beer at St. Patrick’s Day to have a good time. Or pink cookies for Valentine’s Day to feel all lovey-dovey. So I wasn’t intending to make a dish that screamed “America!” at the top of it’s lungs. It just sort of happened that way.

Blueberry-Caprese Salad |

Caprese salads are a staple in my house during the Summer months. And while I love them in their simplest form, it’s fun to play around with the ingredients (and the presentation!) every once in a while to change up the flavor profile. Since blueberries are in season right now (I’m currently eating at least a pint a day!), I threw a handful of them into the mix. And the next thing I knew, I had a rather vibrant red, white and blue situation going on.

So I apologize for bringing you this Blueberry-Caprese Salad on the 14th of July. And not on the 4th of July. Or on Memorial Day, for that matter. But let’s all agree to bookmark it for next year!



Blueberry-Caprese Salad

Serves about 4

Blueberry-Caprese Salad


  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes (about 2 cups), halved or quartered
  • 8 ounces fresh ciliegine mozzarella balls, drained
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, blueberries, basil and pumpkin seeds to a large bowl. Toss gently to combine. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss until everything is well coated.
  2. This salad can be served immediately. Or covered and refrigerated for a couple hours before serving.


  • Agreed! I don’t mind that your late to the party Liz! I’ll eat this salad any day!


    • Ha ha. Thanks, Mary Ann. I’m always so late.

  • Liz, this is everything I could ever ask in a perfect salad! The blueberries alone have me completely sold on the whole thing!


    • Thanks, Tori!

  • I’d happily enjoy this salad any day of any month – it looks so fresh and enticing! Loving the idea of bluebs in my caprese!


    • Thanks, Julia!

  • This looks awesome, Liz! I never would have thought to put blueberries in my caprese.


    • Such a great small (and easy!) change-up!

  • Hahaha. Guuurl I’m not one of those people who likes to color coordinate my food with the holidays either! Feels weird to me. So I’m LOVING that you are posting this after the 4th and the colors are accidental. 😉 Caprese salads are the jam and this one is just so fresh and faaaaaabulous! Loving the touch of pumpkin seeds! Love the way your brain works, Liz!! I’ll be making this salad soon for sure! Cheers!


    • Thanks for the sweet comment, friend!

  • I will take this red, white, and blue caprese salad anytime. Love the addition of blueberries and pumpkin seeds!


    • No Holidays needed to enjoy this baby!

  • Haha I SO feel you, girl! I never really manage to keep up with the holidays and post 12387413 themed recipes- it’s just not feasible when I do basically a year’s worth of recipes on my breaks from school. I got so excited this year when I made a red, white, and blue salad before the 4th and it was completely coincidental. This looks delicious- I love caprese and I’ve been making mine with peaches recently, gotta give blueberries a turn!


    • Oh peaches is such a great addition as well! In fact, maybe I’ll do that tomorrow! 🙂

  • You know, the chocolate chip cookie was an accident? Just sayn! 😀 Color coordination on purpose or not.. this is a gorgeous salad, Liz! Not just gorgeous, but packed with flavor and good for us stuff! Those little motz balls are the best for salads… such a fantastic combination. You’ve got creamy, crunch and color! A delicious combination…! xo


    • Those mozzarella balls are dangerous. I can eat way too many of them! Have a beautiful weekend, Traci!

  • 4th of July, 14th of July, 24 of November, who cares about the holidays or colors as long as this salad is going to be all up in my face.


    • I couldn’t agree more!

  • Aaah I am living on caprese everything these days! LOVE the blueberries in there, not only pretty but I’m sure the sweet/savory twist is delicious!


    • I can’t get enough of those savory-sweet combinations!

  • I’m not a huge fan of Caprese, but this salad sounds perfect. I would definitely enjoy making it for any occasion.


    • I hope it converts you into a caprese salad lover!

  • Perfect recipe to go with the blueberries we just picked! Thanks!


    • Awesome! I hope you love it!

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