Caprese Salad with Cucumbers

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Caprese Salad with CucumbersCaprese salad is one of my favorite summertime dishes but it can be a refreshing side for fall or winter dinner. I marinated cucumbers to give it some more crunch and substance. It was well received when I brought it to a pasta dinner recently.




  1. Peel, seed and dice the cucumber into bite sized pieces. Add to a bowl. Cut the tomatoes in half, or bite sized pieces if you are using larger tomatoes.
  2. Cutting up cucumbers.
    Cutting the tomatoes in half.
  3. Mince garlic and thinly slice the shallot. Add them to the bowl and mix together. Drizzle them with 1-2 Tbsp. oil and vinegar and a sprinkling of salt. Set aside for about an hour for the cucumbers to marinate.
  4. Cutting the shallots.
    Adding balsamic vinegar to the salad.
    Adding oil to the salad.
    The vegetables marinating in the dressing.
  5. Before serving, cut the pearls into quarters. Mix them into the salad.
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  7. Julianne fresh basil leaves and add to the salad. Add more oil/vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. If the resulting salad is too wet, you can pour off some of the liquid before serving.

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