9 East-to-Do Side Dishes for Summer Barbecue Picnics

9 East-to-Do Side Dishes for Summer Barbecue Picnics

Caprese salad

Caprese salad is a classic Italian dish that is perfect for summer barbecues and picnics. It’s simple, fresh and delicious. The combination of juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese, and fragrant basil makes for a perfect summer salad.


  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes halved
  • 8 oz of fresh mozzarella cheese cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves torn
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic glaze
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat evenly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
  • Take out of the fridge, give it a quick stir and serve.


This recipe is a classic and easy way to enjoy Caprese salad during the summer. You can use any kind of tomatoes you prefer, and you can add or change ingredients to suit your taste. For instance, you can add some fresh arugula or mixed greens. You can also use different kind of cheese like feta, or bocconcini. You can also add some protein like chicken, or shrimp. This Caprese salad pairs well with grilled meats, fish, or chicken, and it’s also a great option for vegetarians and vegans as well. You can also add some capers or olives, to give it an extra tangy taste.
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