Blackberry Caprese Salad with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction #TheSaladBar

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in Family Life, Recipe | 26 comments

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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  1. 6-8-2013

    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. 6-8-2013

    I could eat Caprese Salad every single day of tomato season and be happy! I love your teist using blackberries – how fun!

  3. 6-8-2013

    Shannon, your skewers look amazing! I could gobble up a whole plateful of these beauties :)

  4. 6-8-2013

    Skewers are always so fun and attractive looking. Love these!!

  5. 6-8-2013

    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.

    • 6-8-2013

      Love Caprese! I am in a small town called Holly which is south of Flint. I love Grand Rapids area. Such a great part of the State.

  6. 6-8-2013

    Jaw dropping – I love blackberries so much this is perfect!

    • 6-8-2013

      Thank you! And, if you love blackberries, you have to try these. The blackberry and fresh mozzarella is just amazing together.

  7. 6-8-2013

    okay I am so jealous of this salad creation right now. I m going to attempt your blackberry balsamic glaze soon.

    • 6-8-2013

      You can do it! It is so good with these skewers but I could picture this with beef or maybe grilled chicken. Yum :)

  8. 6-8-2013

    Great idea! I love blackberries, and I love Caprese salad, so this has to be good.

  9. 6-8-2013

    Another great way to use berries. Thanks Shannon!

    • 6-8-2013

      Glad I could help ;) All of these berry recipes have me dying to make more salads. Mission accomplished right?

  10. 6-8-2013

    What a creative idea and presentation. I love everything about this salad !!!

  11. 6-9-2013

    Love the idea of putting the salad on skewers! I think this recipe will find it’s way on my table soon!

  12. 6-10-2013

    Yum! Such a unique way to serve a salad.

  13. 6-10-2013

    Thank you! The fresh basil permeates from being punctured by the skewer. Totally fragrant and tasty.

  14. 6-9-2014

    G’day Shannon and congrats also on being featured via The Olive and Grapevine Salad newsletter this week too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    GREAT salad!


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