I really love caprese salads. Tomatoes + cheese + basil = so delicious! If you’ve ready any of my previous food posts, I’m sure you see that I try to incorporate tomatoes whenever possible. Caprese salads are so perfect because they basically 1/3 tomato. YAS! PERFECTION!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about prepping my meals ahead of time, because I want to be able to have healthy meals at the ready and I also want to save some money by not eating out as much. Mason jar meals are all the rage lately, and I thought it would be a good idea to help prep some meals ahead of time!
This recipe is so easy, and has very few ingredients.
You’ll need two mason jars (I use Kerr mason jars), 4 oz of mozzarella cheese (I like the little balls), 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 cup basil, 22 cherry tomatoes (I think that’s like 2 ish cups).
First you take your olive oil and balsamic vinegar and mix it up. It’s best to have the wet ingredients on the bottom of the jar so they don’t saturate the rest of the ingredients until you’re ready for that.
Then divide the mixture between the two jars.
Fill up each jar about half way with the cherry tomatoes (it’s best to put this on top of the liquid, because they won’t soak it up).
Also, this is the point where I tell you just how difficult it was to not eat all the tomatoes…Guys, this recipe almost didn’t happen. Those little cherry tomatoes are SO YUMMY.
Then you put two ounces of mozzarella cheese balls in each jar.
Remember how I mentioned how it was so hard not to eat all the tomatoes? Well the same goes for this mozzarella cheese…
Then top each jar with the basil. I like to tear it slightly so the leaves aren’t huge. It’s best to keep the basil on the top of the jar so it won’t wilt from the liquid or get smushed by the other ingredients.
Just put on the lid and you’re done – that’s it. It’s that easy!!
The recipe makes two jars of deliciousness, and for those of you doing Weight Watchers, each jar is only 7 points plus values.
Pop them in the fridge and they’re ready for whenever you are. Since they’re in a jar they would be perfect to bring to work for a quick lunch, or to grab for a snack if you get hungry. When you’re ready to eat them just gently shake to coat the ingredients with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil and enjoy! If you bring these jars to the office for lunch I just know you’ll be the envy of everyone in the room. i mean just loooooooooooook at how pretty they are! <3
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 4 oz mozzarella cheese balls
- 1 cups basil
- Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and divide between two mason jars.
- Divide the cherry tomatoes in two and place in the two jars.
- Divide the mozzarella cheese balls in two and place in the two jars on top of the tomatoes.
- Divide the basil in two and place in the two jars on top of the mozzarella cheese.
- Put on the lids and store in the fridge until you're ready to eat them!
If you make this recipe let me know what you think! I’m loving it as quick snack or a light meal!
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