Strawberry Walnut Caprese Salad

Sweet strawberries sub in for tomatoes in this summery caprese salad. With greens, grains, and protein, this strawberry walnut caprese salad is filling enough for a full meal. Swap out the arugula, wild rice, or walnuts for whatever you prefer or have on hand! Recipe by Snixy Kitchen.

Strawberry Walnut Caprese Salad

Strawberry Walnut Caprese Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 2 Main Servings
Calories: 572kcal

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  • cups cooked wild rice chilled
  • 3 Tbsp Canola oil plus more for drizzling (extra virgin olive oil can be used, but would increase the amount of saturated fat).
  • 1 Tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • ½ small garlic clove pressed or minced
  • ¼ tsp each kosher salt and pepper
  • 3 oz baby arugula
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves torn or sliced thin
  • 2 oz fresh ciliegine mozzarella small balls, halved or quartered
  • 8 oz California strawberries hulled and sliced
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts chopped


  • Prepare the wild rice according to the package directions in advance, chilling or letting it cool to room temperature.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together Canola oil, balsamic, garlic, and half of the salt and pepper until smooth and homogenous. Taste and adjust to your liking (see note).
  • Layer the wild rice on the bottom of a large salad bowl. Gently toss with arugula and a teaspoon olive oil. Toss in fresh basil and top with mozzarella, sliced strawberries, and toasted walnuts.
  • Drizzle with balsamic to taste and finish with another pinch of salt and pepper. Toss before serving.


This is a super simple balsamic vinaigrette, but each balsamic vinegar is a bit different, so taste and adjust to your liking. You may find you prefer a bit more vinegar, salt, or pepper. Feel free to add ½ teaspoon honey if you prefer it sweeter.


Serving: 0.5  Salad | Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 273mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 74mg
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4 Comments on “Strawberry Walnut Caprese Salad

July 1, 2020 at 5:03 pm

Looks so good..thank you so much for sharing recipes…

CA Strawberries
July 2, 2020 at 10:30 am

It’s our pleasure!

August 21, 2020 at 6:21 pm

What do you do with the rice?

CA Strawberries
August 24, 2020 at 9:58 am

Thank you for asking. We updated the recipe to include adding the rice to the bowl before tossing. Enjoy!

5 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)

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