Heirloom Caprese Salad

Heirloom Caprese Salad Recipe

Photo: Travis Rathbone; Styling: Megan Hedgpeth

This light and fresh salad is the perfect grab-and-go lunch. Leave a little room at the top of the container so you can shake the ingredients together just before eating. 

Serves: 2


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Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup whole-wheat orzo
3 tablespoons sliced pitted kalamata olives
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons pine nuts, optional
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
3 ounces bocconcini, quartered
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
2 cups baby arugula


Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 8 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Stir in orzo and cook until just tender, about 8 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Drain well and transfer to a bowl. Stir in olives, 1 Tbsp. basil, 1 tsp. oil and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. While orzo is cooking, if using pine nuts, spread them on a small baking sheet and bake, stirring once, until golden and fragrant, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, 1/2 tsp. pepper and a pinch of salt until well combined. Slowly add remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified. Fold in 1 cup tomatoes, bocconcini, remaining 2 Tbsp. basil and shallot.

3. Layer salad evenly between 2 1-quart-capacity containers, beginning with tomato mixture, then adding orzo, remaining 1 cup tomatoes, arugula and pine nuts. Cover containers. Salads will keep, covered and refrigerated, for 2 days. Let containers sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving. Shake container before eating to distribute ingredients.

Created date

June 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 501
Fat 27 g
Satfat 7 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 18 g
Carbohydrate 45 g
Fiber 9 g
Cholesterol 27 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 991 mg
Calcium 406 mg