Balsamic Bliss Caprese Zoodles


Dive into a dish where Italian tradition meets modern health-conscious cuisine with our Balsamic Bliss Caprese Zoodles. This vibrant, refreshing recipe turns zucchini into noodle-like spirals, topped with juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil, all drizzled with a rich balsamic glaze. Perfect for a light lunch, a side dish, or a healthy dinner option, these zoodles offer a guilt-free way to indulge in the classic flavors of a Caprese salad, with a delightful twist.

Balsamic Bliss Caprese Zoodles

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 200mg


  • 4 medium zucchinis (about 1.8 kg or 4 lbs), spiralized
  • 200g (7 oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 200g (7 oz) fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 60ml (2 fl oz) balsamic vinegar reduction (glaze)
  • 30ml (1 fl oz) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Spiralize the Zucchini: Use a spiralizer to transform the zucchinis into noodle-like strands. If you don't have a spiralizer, a vegetable peeler can work to create thin ribbons.
  2. Assemble the Zoodles: Place the spiralized zucchini in a large serving bowl. Add the halved cherry tomatoes and pieces of fresh mozzarella.
  3. Dress and Garnish: Drizzle the balsamic reduction (glaze) and extra-virgin olive oil over the zoodles. Gently toss to combine, ensuring everything is well-coated. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Serve: Garnish with fresh basil leaves just before serving. Enjoy the zoodles immediately for the best texture and flavor.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For the crispest zoodles, enjoy them raw. Cooking zucchini noodles can make them soggy.
  • If you prefer a lighter dressing, you can thin the balsamic reduction with a little bit of water.
  • For an extra flavor boost, let the zoodles marinate in the fridge for about an hour before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

You can spiralize the zucchini and prepare the tomatoes and mozzarella ahead of time, but it's best to assemble the dish just before serving to prevent the zoodles from becoming watery.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day. Note that the zoodles may release water over time.

Can I add protein to this dish?

Absolutely! Grilled chicken or shrimp makes a great addition for a more filling meal.

As you savor each bite of the Balsamic Bliss Caprese Zoodles, let the harmonious blend of flavors remind you of the beauty of simple, fresh ingredients. This dish not only pleases the palate but also offers a joyful experience of crafting something truly special from the garden's bounty. Whether shared among friends or enjoyed in a quiet moment alone, it's a celebration of taste and health, wrapped in the warmth of Italian hospitality. Buon appetito!