Last Updated on June 20, 2019 by Ellen Christian
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You are going to love this Caprese Salad with sardines! So, if you’re not a fan of sardines, you may be wondering why? Well, sardines are a great source of Vitamin B12 and we all need more of that in our diet. Keep reading for the easy, healthy salad recipe below.
Caprese Salad With Sardines
So, a Caprese Salad is basically slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella with fresh leaves of sweet basil, salt, and olive oil. It’s an amazingly delicious summer salad. And, it tastes even better with chopped sardines on top to give it a boost of Vitamin B12. Plus, it takes only a few minutes to put together but can serve as a complete meal.
This Caprese salad recipe is about as simple as it can get. You can scroll to the bottom for an easy printable recipe you can refer to. I enjoy making this recipe in the summer when I have loads of fresh tomatoes in the garden. But, you can easily use tomatoes from the grocery store. Just make sure that the tomatoes you choose are firm so you can slice them thinly.
Why is it called a Caprese salad?
In Italy, it is technically called Caprese ensalata which means salad of Capri which is an island off the coast of Italy. It’s likely that this particular type of salad originated in Capri, hence the name.
How long will Caprese salad last?
If you’re concerned about having leftovers, I would make each plate up before you serve it. The lettuce will wilt if you add it to the Caprese Salad with Sardines and then keep it in the refrigerator. The tomato and mozzarella with olive oil will last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. I would keep the sardines separate to add right before serving.
Make ahead Caprese salad
If you want a make-ahead Caprese salad, I would simply prepare everything and keep it in separate plastic containers in the refrigerator. So, slice the tomatoes and mozzarella. Snip the basil leaves and store them between two pieces of damp paper towels. And, chop the sardines. Then, right before you eat, assemble everything together. It should only take a few minutes from start to finish that way.
What kind of olive oil should I use?
Because this Caprese Salad with Sardines is such a simple recipe, the taste of each ingredient really stands out. For that reason, I would be particular about the type of olive oil you use. I recommend that you look for an extra virgin olive oil with a robust flavor. This one is non-GMO and both Paleo and Keto friendly.
How should I slice the mozzarella
Make sure that you get firm mozzarella and use a sharp knife to get thin, even slices of mozzarella. If you’d prefer, you can use mozzarella balls which won’t require cutting. Just remove them from the container and arrange them on the plate. If you want to make this super easy, simply add the ingredients to a skewer and enjoy one bite at a time.
Caprese pasta salad
I tried a Caprese pasta salad once while I was on vacation that was absolutely amazing. It was basically these ingredients, chopped, added to cooked pasta. This works well if you want to take the salad to a potluck or a cookout. Everything will be ready when you need it. And, all you need to do is to grab the bowl and head out the door. If you want to make this Caprese salad with sardines as a pasta salad, simply chop the ingredients rather than slicing them and toss with pasta.
What kind of sardines should I use?
I use King Oscar sardines because they are passionate about eco-friendly fishing practices. And, that’s important to me. So, I use the sardines that are packed in oil rather than the ones that are packed with a tomato type sauce. I like the flavor in this Caprese salad with sardines a lot better that way.
Why do I need Vitamin B12?
So, if you’re wondering why you need Vitamin B12 from sardines in the first place, it helps prevent a type of anemia that makes people tired and weak. And, it helps keep your body’s nerves and blood cells healthy.
- 1 tomato
- 1 ball of fresh mozzarella cheese
- fresh basil
- 1 tin of King Oscar Mediteranean Sardines
- Olive oil, salt and pepper
- 1 head leaf lettuce or loose greens
- Arrange the lettuce on a plate. Top with slices of fresh tomato. Place the sliced fresh mozzarella on top.
- Break up the sardines with a fork and sprinkle over the top.
- Drizzle the olive oil from the sardines over the top. Or, use fresh olive oil. Add salt and pepper.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g
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