Recipe: Slow Roasted Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is a summer staple – and for good reason, it’s delicious! This slow roasted caprese salad has all the deliciousness of the classic, just taken to a whole new level. As the name suggests, it takes a little longer to prepare but it sure is worth it!

Slow Roasted Caprese Salad | I Spy Plum Pie

I slightly tweaked a recipe from Hetty McKinnon

Ingredients List

  • 800g mixed tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 100g baby rocket leaves
  • 250g cherry bocconcini
  • Salt and peper

For the basil gremolata

  • 1/2tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2tbs extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 150C
  2. Cut the tomatoes into similar sized pieces and place in a large baking dish
  3. Mince the garlic and add to the pan along with the thyme and olive oil, then season well. Toss to coat
  4. Roast for 60-90 minutes until the tomatoes are shrunken but still juicy, allow to cool slightly
  5. Meanwhile, make the gremolata by finely chopping the garlic and fennel seeds, mixing them together as you chop
  6. Add the basil leaves and finely chop, adding them to the garlic and fennel seeds as you go
  7. Place in a small bowl and add the lemon zest, salt and pepper and olive oil. Mix to combine
  8. When ready to serve place the rocket on your serving dish, top with bocconcini then spoon over the roasted tomatoes. Top with the gremolata and some fresh basil leaves

Slow Roasted Caprese Salad | I Spy Plum Pie

I seriously love the colour of this slow roasted caprese salad, not to mention the flavour! It’s ideal if you have a mix of coloured tomatoes but it will still be delicious (and pretty!) even with all red ones. The gremolata adds such a great lemony-garlicky flavour to this as well, which really makes this salad that little bit fancier.

Slow Roasted Caprese Salad | I Spy Plum Pie

One of the other things I love about this slow roasted caprese salad is that it’s super versatile too. Sure, it’s excellent to serve as a salad as part of a summer spread, but it also works well as a topping on crusty bread. Hetty even suggests you could serve it on pasta, which sounds like a pretty excellent idea to me!

I have a feeling this will be on high rotation in my kitchen this summer, especially when tomatoes are bountiful and cheap – what a way to make the most of them!

Slow Roasted Caprese Salad | I Spy Plum Pie

I highly recommend you give this slow roasted caprese salad a try this summer!

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