Festive Caprese Salad Wreath

"This is not really a recipe, so rather use the picture as a guide! Use both sliced and whole tomatoes, and try to get different-sized types. I made this for our hot-weather Christmas lunch, but it would be perfect for any occasion. We get the mozzarella balls in a light brine and the pretty white balls look great with the tomatoes, but you could cut up any good-quality mozzarella. The pesto was a nice bright green, but by the time I took the picture it had darkened somewhat. Quantities are guesses: I had a lot of tomatoes and more or less "arranged" them to taste. A large white round platter would be best to use -- I could not find one in time, so used a pale green one."
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  • Wash and dry the tomatoes.
  • Slice the large ones neatly in thickish slices; do not peel.
  • Slice some of the larger grape tomatoes in half and keep others whole.
  • Arrange the slices of tomato and the different-sized tomatoes in a circle, preferably on a large white platter.
  • Drain the mozzarella balls (preferably a large and a small size), and arrange to your taste between the tomatoes.
  • Drizzle vinaigrette dressing over the tomatoes and mozzarella. (Alternatively, you can toss the prepared tomatoes and the mozzarella in a bowl with the dressing, and then arrange it around the platter).
  • Place the pesto in the centre.
  • Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil, or use fresh oregano, which is equally good.
  • Put the sea salt flakes in a small bowl and ask guests to season their own salad.

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  1. UmmBinat
    Lovely look. A good idea to use brined bocconcini as mentioned in the introduction, mine were not, just in water so I added flaked sea salt on top before serving. Made a vinaigrette with a little of the recipe#387715 I used for the center added to it. Made for ZWT7 Italy, for my team Food.Commandos
  2. gypsygal
    Your Festive Caprese Salad Wreath was a "Beauty to Behold & a Crowd Pleaser"! Made for our annual Family Reunion & BBQ. Because of the number of people attending I used an extra large platter but was guided by your recipe and picture guide. I needed to use more of everything. I did line the platter with baby greens and used a mixture of red, yellow and purple tomatoes. I, also lined the outer edge of the platter with slices of large tomatoes. (used for hamburgers) I kept the vinaigrette close by for all and saved the greens from wilting. Thank you Zuri for "saving me" from making the "same old - same old salad". :)
  3. EmmyDuckie
    How perfect! I love a caprese salad when it's hot, which it is here! I used a mix of green and purple basil, and red, yellow, and purple tomatoes, figuring the color was nice and summery, but if there are good tomatoes to be had this Christmas, I may make it in the reds and greens you show. The pesto is a great touch. I had always done this with oil and vinegar before, but I love it with pesto. Thanks for posting.
  4. rosslare
    What a beauty! Even better than the traditional caprese, for the added pesto. I used balsamic vinaigrette and will stick to that.
  5. Katanashrp
    I almost never have fresh basil in the house because I find myself throwing it out a lot, however I do almost always have some homemade pesto in the freezer, so I love this recipe. Now I can enjoy a nice Caprese salad any time. Thank you.


I'm a widow, retired, and I love cooking. I live on the coast in South Africa and I love seafood. You're welcome to my recipes (all kinds, definitely not just seafood!) Just remember that no recipe is ever cast in stone -- adjust to your taste! The photo was taken at a rustic seaside restaurant on our West Coast, approx 1 year ago (2016).
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