This Dill Caprese Salad recipe is a delightful twist on the popular classic Caprese Salad. This colourful dish takes the traditional combination of juicy tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella, and fragrant herbs to a new level by replacing the customary basil with a zesty, homemade dill dressing!
Whether you're looking for a light lunch, an easy appetizer, or a sensational side dish, this Dill Caprese Salad is sure to become a summer favourite. Let's dive into this simple yet irresistibly flavourful recipe!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- Quick and easy: only 3 main ingredients.
- A versatile dish: You can serve this salad as an appetizer, a light lunch or a delicious side!
- Flavour and texture: Fresh dill perfectly complements the natural sweetness of tomatoes, while the creamy mozzarella adds an appetizing texture to each bite.
- It's a change! Classic Caprese Salad with fresh basil and balsamic glaze is delicious, but if you're looking for a fresh change (or you don't have any fresh basil) try this Dill Caprese Salad instead!
For another twist on a traditional Caprese Salad, try my Pesto Caprese Salad made with cherry tomatoes instead of sliced tomatoes. It's a simple, incredibly flavourful salad made with fresh pesto, cherry tomatoes and mini mozzarella balls.
🛒 Ingredients and substitutions
You'll find a complete list of ingredients with amounts in the recipe card below. But before we get to the full recipe, here are a few notes about the ingredients.
For the salad
For the homemade dill dressing
- Tomatoes: use the juiciest, ripest tomatoes you can find for the most intense flavour.
- Bocconcini medallions: Bocconcini is Italian for ‘small mouthfuls.’ These small balls of fresh mozzarella have a firm texture. They often come pre-sliced as medallions, perfect for assembling this salad quickly.
- Dill dressing or dip: I use my homemade Creamy Greek Yogurt Dill Dip as a dressing. It's a mayo-free healthy dressing made with plain Greek yogurt, an optional touch of sour cream, fresh lemon juice, and fresh dill. In a hurry? Use a store-bought refrigerated dill dressing instead.
- Sea salt (or Kosher salt) and freshly ground pepper. Be generous, as the mozzarella medallions have a very mild flavour.
Here's an overview of what you'll do to make this recipe perfectly. You'll find complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of this post.
First, make the dill dressing and set it aside to allow the flavours to blend.
Slice the tomatoes, then arrange on a platter or a shallow bowl, alternating slices of fresh mozzarella balls with sliced tomatoes. Drizzle with dill dressing.
Sprinkle generously with sea salt or Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Add a few sprigs of fresh dill for garnish, or top the salad with finely chopped dill.
🔁 Possible Variations
Make a Green Goddess Caprese Salad instead, using this mayo-free Green Goddess Dressing and Dip made with a base of fresh avocado. So flavourful, and with red, white, and green, your salad will have the colours of the Italian flag! 🇮🇹
👍🏼 Helpful Tips
While you can buy a ball of fresh mozzarella and slice it yourself, you can often find pre-sliced bocconcini medallions, making this a very quick salad to assemble. Mozzarella medallions or slices are packaged in water in a container.
This is a very quick salad to assemble, but if you like to have everything prepared in advance, this Caprese salad with dill dressing will last for 2 days when kept covered in the fridge. Pat the tomato slices dry with a paper towel first, and add the salt, pepper and fresh dill just before serving.
🍽 What to serve with Dill Caprese Salad
If you'd like, you can keep an Italian theme to your meal by serving this tomato and mozzarella salad with any of the following:
- Easiest Chicken Saltimbocca
- Baked Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Chicken
- One-Pan Baked Lemon Artichoke Chicken
- Easy Baked Lemon Chicken
- Crispy Fennel-Crusted Salmon
⏰ Storage Instructions
Cover and refrigerate any leftover salad. It will keep for 2 to 3 days.
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Dill Caprese Salad Recipe
- 4 medium ripe tomatoes
- 7 oz 200 gm) fresh mozzarella slices, sometimes sold as Bocconcini Medallions.
- ¼ cup Greek Yogurt Dill Dressing
- ½ teaspoon sea salt or Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- First, make the dill dressing and set it aside to allow the flavours to blend.
- Slice the tomatoes, then arrange on a platter or a shallow bowl, alternating slices of fresh mozzarella balls with sliced tomatoes. Drizzle with dill dressing.
- Sprinkle generously with sea salt or Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Add a few sprigs of fresh dill for garnish, or sprinkle the salad with finely chopped dill.