Caprese Caesar Salad is a delicious fusion of the traditional Caprese salad with a Caesar dressing! It’s filled with flavor and packs a real wow factor when serving at a dinner party.
This fusion salad recipe is something the whole family will love! I recently served this at a dinner party and I’m still getting messages about how good it was.
If you love cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls and caesar dressing you will LOVE this recipe.
When you’re hosting a dinner party, especially in the summertime, you want a meal that is easy to prep ahead of time and doesn’t require a lot of cooking.
Enter the Caprese Caesar Salad!
I served this delicious salad with Steakhouse Chicken, and it was a hit!
Let’s get not cooking…
How to Make Caprese Caesar Salad
First, let’s gather the ingredients for the easy salad recipe.
Classic Caprese salad is fresh mozzarella cheese layered with sliced juicy tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. It is summertime on a plate, y’all!
I’ve been making my own version of Caprese salad for years using creamy mozzarella pearls, sliced grape tomatoes, and lots of acids, like balsamic glaze, red wine vinegar, and capers.
Using a balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction with ripe tomatoes creates an Italian classic! The best flavor all together in a covered container!
This tomato salad goes with almost anything! Try it mixed with homemade croutons for a Bruschetta Panzanella Salad.
The best part about this recipe is you need to make this a day or two ahead of time. Woo hoo!! One less thing for you to do on dinner party day! Those kinds of delicious salads are what I like to keep on hand in my fridge.
Now, the other parts of this salad are the Caesar Dressing, Croutons, and lettuce.
Making the Caesar Dressing
I love using my Caesar Dip Recipe as a dressing. It’s simple pantry staples all mixed up together, and used as either a dip for fresh veggies, sandwiches, etc. Or, spooned and tossed with romaine lettuce! I’ve even used it as for a Caesar Dip Salmon and Broccoli Sheet Pan Supper! That video is definitely worth watching for the easy recipe…
Caesar Dressing Ingredients include:
Mayo — traditional Caesar dressing uses raw egg yolks to create the emulsion. This replaces the egg yolks and creates a creamy consistency!
Parmesan Cheese — Grate up a hunk of aged parmesan yourself and taste the difference over the pre shredded business! If you have a food processor, you can definitely drop the hunks into it and give it a whirl to create the same texture as what you buy in the store.
Black Pepper — Every Caesar salad should come with copious amounts of cracked black pepper!
Olive Oil — Get the good stuff that you’re not supposed to cook with. I am loving Graza’s Drizzle Olive oil! It’s got quite the spicy bite to it and adds a great depth of flavor.
Champagne Vinegar or Red Wine Vinegar — the bright acidic hit from either of these vinegars wakes up the entire sauce and really gives you that puckery mouth feel.
Lemon Juice — Since we’re adding lemon juice, I’ll zest half the lemon before squeezing the juice into the dip.
Anchovy paste — if you’re not a fan, you can definitely leave this out, but I promise you won’t even know it’s there. And the paste that comes in a tube is far easier to stomach than the little fish packed in a container.
Worcestershire Sauce — I love everything about W sauce! It’s got such a deep flavor that perks everything up around it. Caesar dressing isn’t complete without it!
Capers — Using the vinegary-based, briney capers in your dip gives you a burst of flavor to everything you get in your mouth!
Sliced Shallots — I love adding in sliced shallots to the dressing for added texture and flavor.
Dijon Mustard — Caesar isn’t complete without this iconic mustard!
Fresh Garlic — fresh garlic cloves are either grated on a Microplane or smooshed using a Garlic Press into the dressing/dip.
Caprese Caesar Salad Croutons
Since this salad recipe is so simple, you’ll want to spend a little time making your croutons from scratch. I haven’t bought croutons in forever because homemade is so much better!
But, these Croissant Croutons are ridiculously amazing!!!
Slice up croissants on a cutting board and place them on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a seasoning blend.
Bake until crispy, then top with shredded parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
Let the croutons cool, then store and keep them until you’re ready to serve them on your Caprese Caesar Salad.
Making these croissant croutons is a simple way to elevate the ordinary. Yes, you for sure can make bite-sized pieces of bread into croutons. But, using a croissant makes it feel a little more exciting and fancy!
Assembling the Salad
The key ingredient in this recipe is the romaine lettuce. A few days before you need to serve your salad, give the lettuce a good wash and dry. I roll my leaves up in clean kitchen towels and store them inside a bowl in the fridge. This helps keep the lettuce dry, crisp, and super cold.
When you’re ready to assemble your salad, place your chopped romaine lettuce leaves onto a giant platter. I love this BIG Golden Rabbit Enamelware serving platter.
After the lettuce, you’ll top the whole dish with your tomato salad and croutons.
Serve the creamy dressing on the side for people to dress their own salad.
The tomato salad is super juicy, so it creates its kind of balsamic dressing while it sits in the fridge for a couple of days.
I will tell you, this Caprese Caesar Salad is quickly going to become your new favorite salad recipe!
The creamy dressing with sweet tomatoes, mini mozzarella balls, and crispy croutons…
Serving Caprese Caesar
Serve this as a main course, or on the side with grilled chicken or a juicy Beef Tenderloin for a show-stopping dinner party idea!
Finally, save this to your favorite Salad Board on Pinterest
- 1 cup Mayo
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 1 Green Onion, sliced
- 1 TBS Dried Minced Onions
- 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 TBS Dijon Mustard
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- Juice of one Lemon
- Optional: 1 tsp Anchovy Paste
- 2 cups Tomatoes, cut into pieces
- 2 Garlic Cloves, grated
- 1 medium Shallot, diced
- 1 tablespoon Capers
- 1 teaspoon Caper Brine
- 2 TBS Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 TBS Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 TBS Fresh Basil Leaves, torn or cut into ribbons
- 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 8 ounces Mozzarella Pearls
- 8 Mini Croissants, sliced 1/4″ thick
- 1 TBS Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 8 cups Chopped Romaine Lettuce
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, optional
I’m writing this recipe card in the way I prepped all the ingredients before a dinner party. If you’re making this in one day, just BREEZE through the recipe!
FOUR DAYS BEFORE YOUR PARTY:
Mix up all the ingredients for the Caesar Dressing, and store in a mason jar with tight-fitting lid. Store in the fridge. This keeps for up to 14 days.
THREE DAYS BEFORE THE PARTY:
Bake up your croutons. Slice the 8 croissants about a quarter of an inch thick and lay them out on a sheet pan. Drizzle with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Bake at 350˚ for 12 minutes. Remove and sprinkle the quarter cup of parmesan cheese on top. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted on top of each crouton. Allow the sheet pan to cool fully before storing in a container until party day!
TWO DAYS BEFORE THE PARTY:
Mix up your tomato salad. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, including the mozzarella pearls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
DAY BEFORE THE PARTY:
Chop up your lettuce and wash it. Give it a good dry in a salad spinner, then lay out the lettuce on clean kitchen towels. Roll the towel up, with the lettuce inside, and place it in a large bowl. Store in your fridge overnight, or up to 2 days in advance.
DAY OF THE PARTY, READY TO EAT:
When you’re ready to eat the salad, lay out the chopped-up romaine lettuce and spoon the tomato salad over top. I like to serve this on a giant platter, instead of a salad bowl. That way the tomato salad doesn’t just fall to the bottom of the bowl. Top the whole salad with the croutons, and you’re ready to serve! On the side of the salad platter have your jar of Caesar dressing and a bowl of extra parmesan cheese for guests to top their salad with!
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