Blackberry Caprese Salad with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction #TheSaladBar

Welcome to the first ever #TheSaladBar Post! Thank you Wendy at The WeekendGourment for putting this all together.  I was so excited when this opportunity presented itself. Unprocessed Summer is my goal and salads are pretty fresh foods. Actually, Summer and Fall are the best time of year to utilize salads as meals in my opinion. All the fresh, local ingredients…  what more could the foodie in me need?



This salad is more along the lines of a light lunch or a great appetizer. Caprese Salad is one of my all-time favorites. I could live on tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. This month’s theme though, is Berries.  Berry season is just starting to pick up here in Michigan. To be honest, I have not seen any fresh berries other than tiny greenhouse grown strawberries so off to the grocery store where I scored some nice looking blackberries.
Berries and Cheese is such a great combo. This salad pairs the sweet berry with herby fresh basil leaves and the wonderful fresh mozzarella. I also made a Blackberry and Balsamic reduction that was just plain awesome. I think I could eat it on just about anything! I hope you enjoy and take the time to check out all the other great “Berry” salads that are being shared.

BlackBerry Caprese Salad with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction


  • 1 pint Blackberries (Reserve some for the skewer and some for a reduction)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 Lemon (Juiced)
  • 1 pint Small Fresh Mozzarella balls
  • Fresh Basil Leaves


Step 1
Set aside berries to add to your skewers. Next combine the remaining berries into a nonreactive pot and turn heat to medium high
Step 2
Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon to the berries and the light brown sugar. Mix well
Step 3
As this heats and starts to bubble, add in the tablespoon of Balsamic vinegar.
Step 4
Berry Balsamic Reduction
I prefer to keep the heat at medium to a medium high to let the berries cook and the sauce to reduce. Take care not to burn your sugars with too high of heat.
Step 5
Let sauce cool. Assemble the skewers. Serve together.



Blackberry Caprese with Balsamic Reduction


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27 thoughts on “Blackberry Caprese Salad with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction #TheSaladBar

  1. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)

    This is such a creative spin on caprese! These would be a great al fresco summer appetizer, but I can see it served alongside grilled meat skewers for a fun themed dinner. Can’t wait to give these a try!

  2. Lesa at Edesia's Notebook

    Great minds think alike with the caprese! I love how you used blackberries in yours. And that dressing sounds amazing. What part of Michigan are you in? We just moved from the Grand Rapids area in February.

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