picnic caprese salad in a jar

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A few scenes from our picnic on Monday. What a perfect day to relax in the park  watching boats and barges traveling on the river. We enjoyed turkey sandwiches, chips, iced Arnie Palmers and picnic caprese salads that we packed into little canning jars. Mmmmmmm!

serves 4

4 (half pint) canning jars

3 medium tomatoes, any variety, chopped

handful of fresh basil, chopped

1/3 cup fresh Mozzarella cheese, cubed

1 roasted red pepper, (fresh or canned) chopped

handful of mini pepperonis (optional)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

generous splash of balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pack into the jars. Place lids on jars tightly and pack on ice until your reach your picnic destination.



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  15 comments for “picnic caprese salad in a jar

  1. August 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

    What a great idea, Melissa! It sounds delicious and it looks like you had a lovely afternoon!! 🙂

    • Melissa
      August 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

      thanks Lisa! it was so fun and relaxing 🙂 xo

  2. August 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

    sounds fantastic! gonna do it for the beach next week 🙂 thanks!

    • Melissa
      August 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Hi Tonya! enjoy 🙂

  3. Suzann
    August 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Definitely making this!! Live the idea of the mason jars!!

    • Suzann
      August 8, 2012 at 11:56 am


      • Melissa
        August 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        Hi Suzann! enjoy!

    • Melissa
      August 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Hi Suzann! so pleased you like the idea! xo

  4. Rebecca Walker
    August 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    What a seriously great idea!

    • Melissa
      August 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks so much Rebecca! 🙂 xo

  5. Tamarra
    August 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Have you tried to keep them for an extended period of time? Or is this just a make and eat kind of thing?

    • Melissa
      August 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Tamarra! These are just a cute “make and eat” kind of thing. The great thing about using jars is they can be packed into ice to keep them cold, they seal nicely, they’re cute, and they’re reusable! 🙂 xo and thanks for stopping by.

  6. Julie
    February 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I have sent this recipe to my Facebook friends for tailgating, or concerts on the lawn.

    • Melissa
      February 10, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Enjoy! 🙂

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