Caprese Salad with Basil & Tarragon Chimichurri

This is a caprese salad like you've never had before! Chimichurri with lime zest and juice, capers, serrano and tarragon adds new flavors to the classic ingredients of ripe tomatoes, basil and creamy mozzarella. Ripe green tomatoes offer a striking green hue, but any fresh ripe tomato will work well.

a recipe photo of the Caprese Salad with Basil & Tarragon Chimichurri served on a plate
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Margret Monroe Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons capers, patted dry, divided

  • 4 large ripe green heirloom tomatoes, cored and sliced 1/2-inch thick

  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/2-inch thick


  1. Stir basil, tarragon, lime zest, lime juice, serrano, garlic, salt and 3 tablespoons oil together in a small bowl. Chop 1 tablespoon capers and stir into the mixture. Let the chimichurri stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon capers; cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon.

  3. Arrange tomatoes and mozzarella on a platter and top with the chimichurri. Sprinkle with the crispy capers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 Calories
19g Fat
5g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 215
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Vitamin A 1332IU 27%
Vitamin C 18mg 20%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 19mcg 5%
Vitamin K 17mcg 14%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Calcium 154mg 12%
Magnesium 16mg 4%
Potassium 293mg 6%

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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