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Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit

Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit is a fun twist on one of the most traditional summer salads, and this tasty meatless salad is also  low-glycemic and gluten-free. If you’re a fan of kiwifruit, you’ll love this salad! Use Tomato Recipes for more salads like this one.

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Caprese Salad (or Insalata Caprese) is one of those classic Italian summer dishes that I never get tired of eating when I have vine-ripened tomatoes from the garden and fresh mozzarella cheese in the fridge. I’m perfectly happy with a Caprese Salad with just the classic combination of red tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and some good olive oil, but it’s also fun to experiment with other ideas.

I loved this Caprese Salad variation that paired red and green tomatoes with some perfectly ripe Kiwifruit, a light drizzle of white balsamic vinaigrette, and lots of fresh basil chiffonade. I ate about half of this for lunch on the day I took these photos, and then about an hour later I ate the rest for a snack, but this would also make a beautiful first course for a dinner party.

Of course, you don’t really need a recipe to come up with variations of Caprese Salad, but I think it’s fun to get ideas from what other good cooks have done, so look below for more creative Caprese Salad ideas you might like to try next time you have some vine-ripened tomatoes.

Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit found on KalynsKitchen.com

You can use any color or variety of tomatoes, but to make a plate of Caprese Salad stacks like I did, you’ll need 8 tomato slices, close to the same size. I used red Celebrity tomatoes and Green Zebra Tomatoes from my garden. You also need 8 Kiwifruit slices, about 1/2 inch thick. (This was 2 kiwifruit.) If you can find the pre-sliced fresh mozzarella like I used, that will make the salad prep even easier.  Make stacks with a slice of tomato, a slice of fresh mozzarella, and a slice of kiwifruit, and arrange on a serving dish.

Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit found on KalynsKitchen.com

Whisk together olive oil and white balsamic vinegar (or use any light-colored vinegar that has a good flavor. I think Sherry vinegar would be a good substitute.) Slice up a generous amount of fresh basil leaves to make basil chiffonade. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the stacks of tomato, mozzarella, and kiwifruit, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste, and sprinkle the basil over. Buon appetito!

Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Creative Ideas with Caprese Salad:

Green Goddess Tomato Mozzarella Stacks from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from Steamy Kitchen
Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Caprese Salad with Olives from Eating Out Loud
Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks with Basil Vinaigrette from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Want More Summer Tomato Salads?

Check out Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads (plus Honorable Mentions) for more amazing salad ideas for summer tomatoes!

Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit

Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit is a fun twist on one of the most traditional summer salads.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of fresh vine-ripened tomato (I used a mixture of red and green tomatoes, but any good-flavored tomatoes will work)
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into 8 slices
  • 1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella, cut into 8 slices about 3/8 inch thick
  • generous handful of fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced into basil chiffonade
  • 2 T good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T good-quality white balsamic vinegar or sherry vinegar (or use any light colored vinegar with a good flavor)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I used sea salt)

Directions:

  1. Peel the kiwifruit, then slice the tomatoes, kiwifruit, and fresh mozzarella so you have 8 slices (or an equal number of each, depending on how many servings you want.)
  2. Arrange on serving platter in stacks with a slice of tomato, a slice of fresh mozzarella, and a slice of kiwifruit.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar.
  4. Stack basil leaves up on top of each other, then thinly slice the basil to make basil chiffonade.Drizzle vinaigrette over the stacks of tomato, mozzarella, and kiwifruit, then season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  5. Sprinkle with thinly sliced fresh basil chiffonade and serve immediately.

Notes:

Recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from many Caprese salads she’s enjoyed through the years!

Recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from many Caprese salads she’s enjoyed through the years!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The addition of fruit makes this Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit Phase Two for the South Beach Diet, although one kiwifruit only has 10 carbs, so I wouldn’t worry that much about eating it! But tomatoes do have some carbs, so this is probably not suitable for traditional low-carb diets.

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39 comments on “Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit”

  1. Have you gone M A D?

  2. Katharine, so glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait to have tomatoes this summer so I can make this again!

  3. Just made this with red tomatoes from the farmer's market and fresh local mozzarella. It was so good!! The kiwi added a really nice touch. And my kids loved it. The proportions on the dressing were just right. thanks!

  4. I've been at the movies, and published these last few comments on the iPhone! Glad people are liking this.

  5. Such a great idea to use green tomatoes and kiwi and your salad. Like your picture. Thanks for linking to my recipe also. 🙂

  6. Wonderful simple combination, love the kiwi fruit and tomato idea. And the color is beautiful. Another perfect opportunity for the fresh tomatoes coming out of our garden.

  7. Great twist on caprese, using kiwifruit. I love it. Your tomatoes are beautiful!!

  8. Yes, please. One of my favorite summer treats. So simple and yet so elegant. I like your twist on the traditional.

  9. Margot, thanks! I appreciate it.

  10. I featured it as recipe of the week (thumb + link to your blog on my side bar)… I hope you don't mind.

    Love it… had some caprese salad today again, but no kiwis… maybe tomorrow.

  11. Johanna, look forward to seeing what's at the markets there. I did shop the wetmarkets in Hong Kong once, very interesting.

  12. wow.. that's different! so far, the tomatoes here have been disappointing, but i haven't made it to a proper wet market yet… the time will come!

  13. Torviewtoronto, thanks!

    Joanne,thanks. I like the color combination too.

    TW, I love, love, love the Green Zebra tomatoes. (I have 3 plants, so hoping I will get my fill of them!)

  14. This is so colorful – really makes me happy! Aren't the Green Zebra tomatoes fantastic?

  15. I love the green tomato and kiwi twists!

  16. first time in your blog
    lovely recipes and salad

  17. Thanks Lydia! It was really a great combination with the kiwi, tomatoes, and basil.

  18. Thanks Dara, I really liked it!

  19. Love love love the kiwi! What a great way to add a burst of citrus to an already delicious salad.

  20. What a lovely idea, Kalyn! I never would have thought to put kiwi in a caprese salad, but I'd imagine this is so refreshing.

  21. So glad people are liking this. (I've been publishing these comments from the iPhone, so now I'm catching up!)

  22. Wonderful idea! I love kiwi!

  23. I love your recipes combining sweet and savory ingredients. I can't wait to try this one!

    Donna

  24. I love caprese salad. I can truthfully say, I wouldn't have thought of adding kiwi, but I can imagine the flavour combination. I am intrigued to try it 🙂

  25. Brilynn, hope you enjoy it!

  26. Love the addition of kiwifruit, I'm definitely going to have to give this one a try!

  27. Heather, thanks! Glad you like it.

    Margot, isn't it just the perfect salad for this time of year!

  28. Beautiful, we just had regular version of this salad yesterday… next time I must try with kiwi, sounds very interesting 🙂

  29. This looks delicious and love the addition of kiwi. Cheers!

  30. Sandi and inanoyster, thank you! I really liked the kiwi in this.

  31. oh that salad looks delicious! and what a brilliant idea to use kiwi!

  32. Once again you have hit it out of the park!
    Beautiful.

  33. Kelly, thanks and glad you liked it. Not sure if kiwi reminds me of strawberries, I'll have to think about that one!

  34. Beautiful and healthy! I love the spin on the traditional and since kiwis remind me a bit of strawberries (am I the only one?) I know the flavor would be quite lovely.

  35. Donna, not sure what Thai Basil Sauce you are referring to; I can't think of a recipe I have that uses Thai basil sauce. This post about freezing Thai basil was posted on that day, but it's not a sauce recipe. There is a recipe on the site for Basil Vinaigrette if that might be what you're looking for?

  36. I've been waiting all summer for good tomatoes for my caprese! Delicious!
    Now I need to find your thai basil sauce that references Sep 27 2007. I can get to the site, but can't find the recipe.

  37. Thanks Maria, me too! (I'm trying to do better about eating my fruit.)

  38. Love the use of kiwi in this salad!

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