Shrimp Caprese Salad

Basil. Tomatoes. Mozzarella. A trio of foods that taste amazing together. What could I do with these three ingredients that was simple, classic and robust with flavor?  Caprese Salad. I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and came up with an alteration of this common salad. I used The Pioneer Woman’s directions for making a balsamic reduction, but I didn’t reduce mine to a glaze. My final product of the balsamic reduction was similar to the consistency of a vinaigrette, which is the consistency I was going for. Please enjoy the recipe.


  • Balsamic Reduction – follow the directions from The Pioneer Woman. If you want your consistency to be that of a vinaigrette, as mine was, do not cook the balsamic vinegar until it is thick.
  • 1tbsp of basil, chopped
  • 4oz of fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 1/2lb of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced and halved
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Olive oil for drizzling

1.  Reduce the balsamic vinegar. Add 1 tsp of honey and one bay leaf. Cover and put in the refrigerator to cool.
2.  Over medium heat, melt the butter in a pan. Add the garlic and shrimp. Lay the shrimp flat and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until slightly golden and cooked thorough.
3.  Remove the shrimp from heat. Drain. Allow to cool.
4.  Drizzle a plate with some of the balsamic reduction. Add the tomatoes to the plate and then drizzle with olive oil. Add the shrimp and mozzarella. Sprinkle with basil and then drizzle more of the balsamic reduction on top. Store any remaining balsamic reduction in a container in the refrigerator.

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18 comments on “Shrimp Caprese Salad”

  1. Hay there! I've nominated and awarded you with the blog award “Versatile Blogger” award! Go here to get it and read the post!

  2. This is one of my favorite salads to order at restaurants. I have never tried making it at home though. Looks yummy.

  3. YUM! I can't get my hubby to eat shrimp but maybe I'll make this with my mom.

  4. That's so great you want your own shop/cafe one day! This food looks amazing, thanks for sharing it. I'm stopping by from a blog hop and am a new follower, I would love if you came to say hi and followed me back at

  5. My husband would love this! Will have to try this. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. What a great idea to put the shrimp on this classic salad. I'm looking for ways to use my tomatoe harvest – this will be one of them. Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party

  7. I am going to try this. Yummy! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  8. Great recipe, I can't wait to try it. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  9. Yummy. Lovely salad. It would be great if you linked it in to today's Food on Friday which is collecting salad recipes.

  10. Wow, this sounds….and looks amazing! Love the flavors, and the pairing of shrimp and mozzarella. I'm hosting a weekly link up over summer specifically for salads of all types, every Sunday! I would love you to come and post this recipe. Just stop by my blog on Sunday – the link will be up!

    I hope to see you there:)

  11. Julie, this looks fabulous!! Featuring it tomorrow night at the party! Thanks so much for linking up!

  12. I am officially making this for lunch tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.

  13. I am not a shrimp eater but this is getting made for D who loves them. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you again.

  14. You're welcome! Thanks for hosting. :)

  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE this… I pinned it I love it so much… you're in my featured five this week… Thanks so much for sharing … can't wait to try this…
    YOU ROCK!!!!

    Thanks for linking up to the all stars block party…


  16. This salad looks delicious!! I really like caprese salad, but I never thought to add shrimp. I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  17. I ate that salad on many restaurant, now something i will love to try at home:)

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