I love any recipe that can act as a two for one! This recipe fits that requirement in the most delicious way possible!
This recipe is both the perfect cookout or pitch in side dish AND a lovely meal prep lunch! WINNER!!!
Make the recipe as is and bring to your next cookout or BBQ for a show stopping side dish. Then save some leftover grilled chicken, ribs or whatever you have on hand and add it to the salad for a delicious lunch to take to work!!
The salty olives, mellow mozzarella and tangy tomatoes all work together so well on a bed of crisp zucchini noodles. The final addition of bright and herby pesto really takes it over the edge!
Have fun with the olives as well! I kept it simple with Kalamata, but feel free to go crazy at the olive bar and add green, black, stuffed or any other olive that catches your eye!!!
Caprese Pesto Salad
Makes 6 servings
1 cup pitted kalamata olives
2 cups mozzarella pearls
3 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
3 tablespoons homemade or store bought pesto
1/3 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
5-6 medium zucchini, spiralized
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, gently stir together olives, mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto. Add in zucchini noodles and gently toss to combine. Top with chopped basil.