Caprese Salad gets made over and tossed with delicious gnocchi for an easy and wholesome, make ahead salad!
I need an easy button.
This past weekend, the new hubs and I decided to revive our kitchen from its dated, dark and gloomy walls to a more vibrant and lively face.
I visioned throwing paint onto the walls and standing back in “ahhh” of all my hard work. Well my bubble bursts as my hubby informed me of all the prep work that comes with repainting an entire kitchen. From removing all the cabinets, hardware, sanding, a million coats of paint to touch ups.
It wears a girl out.
Granted, I couldn’t be more giddy for our new kitchen. Just a simple change out of colors, can really bring on a new sense of being. Not a new house, yet it has the new house feel. Love.
So after a nearly twelve hour day of painting and cleaning with a few paint fights thrown in, I could only handle a recipe with minimal thought. A recipe that could make itself.
Gnocchi ranks high on my list of favorite pasta; they cook up in a flash and make for one fancy meal. So when combined with my ‘go-to’ salad, Caprese Salad, it sure has become a favorite around our house. Fresh cherry tomatoes tossed and marinated mozzarella are tossed with the gnocchi for an updated pasta salad. Fresh basil is added into brighten up the salad and is finished off with a drizzle of balsamic reduction.
Sweet, savory, creamy and oh so simple is all I crave during these summer months and my latest obsession fits the bill!
- 1 lb package gnocchi (I used gluten free)
- 2 cups diced cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups marinated mozzarella, diced
- 1 large handful of basil, finely diced
- 1 tsp salt
- ¾ tsp pepper
- Balsamic Reduction, for drizzling
- Prep gnocchi according to package. When fully cooked, drain and toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Toss well and place in fridge. Let chill for 1 to 2 hours.
- When gnocchi is chilled, toss with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
- When ready to serve, top with balsamic reduction and serve immediately.
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