Pesto Marinated Tomato & Arugula Caprese Salad

A fresh take on the traditional caprese, made flavorful year-round with our sweet and succulent Cherry Tomatoes.

Made with Cherry Tomatoes

Mutti Cherry Tomatoes complement your food with their rich, sweet and intense flavor. They grow in southern Italy, where they are harvested and sorted carefully to maintain their incredible taste and freshness. They are perfect for fish dishes or to bring tomato flavor to your focaccias, pastas and sauces.


40 min (COOK TIME: 10 min / PREP TIME: 30 min)

Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 can Mutti® Cherry Tomatoes (14 oz., Ciliegini)
  • 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts, divided
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp shredded Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 container small fresh mozzarella balls (8 oz., bocconcini)
  • 6 cups arugula or baby spinach
  • shaved Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese for garnish

Method

  1. Drain tomatoes and pour into a small mixing bowl.
  2. To make the pesto, place 2 tablespoons of the pine nuts, garlic, basil, olive oil, cheese, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor and process for 15 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl and process until smooth. Transfer to a measuring cup. Gently stir 2 tablespoons of the pesto into the tomatoes, cover and set aside or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. To serve, toss tomatoes in salad bowl with mozzarella and arugula and garnish, if desired, with additional pesto, remaining toasted pine nuts and shaved cheese.

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Also made with: Cherry Tomatoes