Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad

This meal prep caprese arugula salad is an easy make-ahead lunch for the week. Marinated mozzarella cheese balls, vibrant and peppery arugula, ripened red grape tomatoes and a basil balsamic come together to make this simple but flavorful meal.

Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad

I could eat Caprese salads every day but sometimes I find myself craving some greens beyond the basil…which brings me to this meal prep Caprese arugula salad which adds a large bed of arugula and uses fresh basil in the balsamic dressing. These meal prep salads can be made ahead of time like on Sunday night to have as lunches during the week. They are convenient, delicious and so simple!

Enjoy this Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad

Beyond the ingredients you will need four meal prep containers and salad dressing jars – I can usually find some at Homegoods, but you can also order some from Amazon. For the dressing containers I sometimes even use little recycled jam jars.

Ingredients for Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad

Ingredients for Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad

I bought most of the ingredients for this salad at my local Trader Joe’s, but these ingredients are basic and should be available at most grocers.

Arugula is the perfect peppery and fresh base for this salad.

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella makes this Caprese extra flavorful! If you can’t find marinated mozarella balls you can definitely just use plain mozzarella balls and it will still be fine.

Sugar Plum Tomatoes or any cherry/grape sized tomatoes will do. Make sure they are firm and not too ripe because you want them to last for a few days!

Fresh Basil is chopped up and used in the simple balsamic dressing, if fresh basil is out of season you could use a little bit of dried basil instead.

Aged Balsamic is used in the dressing. You want a nice aged balsamic because the aging process makes it a bit sweeter which balances out the arugula.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the base for the dressing- basic, but important!

Avocado is an optional ingredient which should be added immediately before enjoying.

Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad Recipe

Instructions for Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad

First, divide the arugula between the four glass containers.

Then, divide the tomatoes and mozzarella between the four containers. I keep the arugula and mozzarella separated by placing the tomatoes between them… this way the marinade on the mozzarella doesn’t wilt the arugula.

In each salad dressing container add 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of aged balsamic vinegar, a pinch of minced fresh basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Place lid on the salad dressings, and then on the glass containers and refrigerate until use. This salad should last for 3-4 days.

*Feel free to add avocado to this salad. Add fresh avocado chunks right before you eat the salad.

Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad with Avocado

Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad Recipe

Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad Simple Recipe
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Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad Recipe

This meal prep caprese arugula salad is an easy make-ahead lunch for the week. Marinated mozzarella cheese balls, vibrant and peppery arugula, ripened red grape tomatoes and a basil balsamic come together to make this simple but flavorful meal.

Course lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword aged balsamic, arugula, basil, caprese, extra virgin olive oil, lunch, meal prep, mozzarella, tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 357 kcal

Ingredients

  • 7 oz arugula greens
  • 12 oz marinated mozzarella small ovals
  • 16 oz sugar plum tomatoes
  • 8 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. For this recipe you will need four meal prep salad containers and four small jars for the salad dressings.

  2. First, divide the arugula between the four glass containers.

  3. Then, divide the tomatoes and mozzarella between the four containers. I keep the arugula and mozzarella separated by placing the tomatoes between them… this way the marinade on the mozzarella doesn’t wilt the arugula.

  4. In each salad dressing container add 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of aged balsamic vinegar, a pinch of minced fresh basil and salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Place lid on the salad dressings, and then on the glass containers and refrigerate until use. This salad should last for 3-4 days.

  6. *Feel free to add avocado to this salad. Add fresh avocado chunks right before you eat the salad.

Nutrition Facts
Meal Prep Caprese Arugula Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 229
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.4g39%
Saturated Fat 8.8g55%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 354mg15%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 11.9g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7.8g9%
Protein 20.1g40%
Calcium 399mg40%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments

  1. Jere Cassidy says

    5 stars
    Great idea for this salad, so simple and totally yummy for lunch.

  2. 5 stars
    Love the bright ingredients used to making this colorful and healthy salad. I love the dressing option too. Simple, quick and easy to make too.

  3. 5 stars
    What a simple and delicious meal prep idea!

  4. 5 stars
    I love love love these salads. How perfect for taking to the office. Yum and the flavors of the balsamic vinegar is so perfect… and the cheese!!

  5. 5 stars
    So simple and so easy! I love marinated mozzarella and that basil balsamic sounds yummy.

  6. 5 stars
    This is my idea of salad heaven! Love those little mozzarella balls, yum!

  7. 5 stars
    Yum! I love all things with that Caprese style. I like the idea of using arugula for some extra flavor.

  8. 5 stars
    Mmm, you’ve reminded me of my love for Caprese salad! I’m going to have to try out your recipe sometime soon now.

  9. 5 stars
    Caprese is my favourite salad, and I don’t know why it never occurred to me to meal prep it! Such a good idea, and the colours are gorgeous!

  10. 5 stars
    This salad is amazing! I have trouble prepping enough for the week, my kids love this salad so much.

  11. 5 stars
    I need this salad in my life. Very simple and easy to make. will add it to my meal plans.

  12. 5 stars
    This salad is so simple and fresh, it makes me want to dig right in. Great idea for meal prep.

  13. 5 stars
    Wow! I love caprese so much so I am totally in for this meal prepped salad. This is making my lunch dreams come true.

  14. 5 stars
    Absolutely wonderful idea – I am never organised enough to prepare for the week ahead but this is definitely a great idea to start doing this. Hubby would be well impressed 😉 Thank you so much for the idea and inspiration!

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