Cauliflower Gnocchi Caprese


This super-easy dish is perfect for summer. Store-bought frozen cauliflower gnocchi are crisped up in a pan, then tossed with mozzarella cheese, plenty of basil and balsamic vinegar for a hearty and healthy spin on the classic caprese salad.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
5 cups


  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen cauliflower gnocchi

  • 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 10-ounce package cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

  • ¾ cup small mozzarella balls, such as pearls, bocconcini or ciliegine

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup slivered basil, plus more for garnish

  • 4 teaspoons balsamic glaze, or to taste (see Tip)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Drain.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cooking in batches if necessary, add the drained gnocchi and cook, tossing, until puffed and browned in places, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  3. Once the gnocchi has cooled a bit, add tomatoes, mozzarella, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil. Stir well to coat; add up to 1 tablespoon more oil, if desired. Stir in basil. Divide between 4 plates; drizzle each serving with 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze, or to taste. Sprinkle with additional basil, if desired.

    a blue bowl with Cauliflower Gnocchi Caprese


Tip: Balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar that's cooked until it's very thick. Look for it with other vinegary in well-stocked supermarkets. If you only have balsamic vinegar on hand, that will work just as well. Or make balsamic glaze yourself by boiling 1 cup balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until syrupy and reduced to about 1/4 cup, 10 to 14 minutes. Let cool before using some in this dish and refrigerating the rest for another use.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
18g Fat
29g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 9g 17%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Vitamin A 1076IU 22%
Vitamin C 11mg 12%
Folate 21mcg 5%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Calcium 230mg 18%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 18mg 4%
Potassium 374mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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