This Caprese Salad with Microgreens is a twist on the traditional Italian Caprese Salad. I just love incorporating microgreens. And, with the addition of flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds, it makes this salad a healthier alternative.
I call microgreens “the new trend in nutrition” :). They are loaded with nutrients and are high in antioxidants. Microgreens are becoming more and more popular in cooking.
As the name suggests, these are “small greens” that grow from vegetable or herb seeds. They are not the same as sprouts; microgreens are harvested before they grow into the full sized vegetable or herb.
I used arugula microgreens in this, but there is such a big variety. You can usually find microgreens at your local grocery store and they can include arugula, beats, chard, kale, cilantro, dill, and many other vegetable and herb varieties.
The seeds used in the Caprese Salad with Microgreens:
I love using a variety of seeds in my salads. I even throw them in to a regular fresh salad. They just add t extra nutrition and require no effort. I keep them in my pantry and definitely use them regularly.
So for this Caprese Salad I used these seeds:
- Flax: rich in fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids
- Hemp: these are super healthy as well – they contain protein, so they are perfect for vegetarians. They are also high in Magnesium, Vitamin B1, Zinc
- Chia: rich in fiber, Omega 3s, Magnesium, Vitamin B1
You can use all or some of these seeds or also any or substitute the seeds with the following:
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Pomegranate seeds
- Pine nuts
- Toasted, crushed walnuts
How to prepare the Caprese Salad With Microgreens:
- Prepare the microgreens salad: In a medium mixing bowl mix together the microgreens, the seeds, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Slice the Cheese and tomatoes: slice the mozzarella and tomatoes on a cutting board, into approximately 1/4 inch slices.
- Arrange the ingredients: when ready to serve, arrange the cheese on a platter, place the tomato slices on top of each cheese slice and top with about 1 tablespoon of the microgreens salad. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
*** For a non-vegetarian version you may also like to top the salad with some bacon bits or chopped prosciutto.
Can I substitute Mozzarella cheese with Burrata cheese?
More salad recipes:
- Simple Corn and Marinated Mushroom Salad
- Sweet Carrot Salad Recipe
- Chickpea and Crab Salad
- Turmeric Couscous Salad Recipe
- Spring Vegetable and Berry Salad