You’ve seen those fun little fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini) in the grocery store, but have you used them before? Now’s your chance! This keto bocconcini salad is an easy, simple way to try bocconcini that’s delicious for those on the keto diet or not!
Bocconcini salad is a type of Caprese salad that combines grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls or bocconcini, fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar for an amazingly easy and quick salad that takes only 10 minutes to put together.
What is Bocconcini?
Bocconcini is simply fresh mozzarella formed into little balls. They’re really great for the keto diet and go perfect in salads, like this low carb bocconcini salad. They’re also good for snacking.
Keto bocconcini salad is actually quite simple, but I thought you might like to see a few simple techniques (especially the garlic crushing) spelled out in photos. If you don’t need the extra info, just scroll down under this tutorial for the printable recipe card.
Halve the tomatoes
For this recipe, you can use grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. Just remember that cherry tomatoes have twice as many carbs per cup, so your carb count will be a bit higher if you use cherry tomatoes. The nutrition information for this bocconcini salad was calculated using grape tomatoes.
Mince and crush garlic
Start by mincing the garlic. Take your knife blade and push it down sideways on top of the garlic, smashing it into the cutting board. This will release yummy flavorful juices.
Add all ingredients together
Using your hands, rip each fresh mozzarella ball in half and add to the bowl with the tomatoes. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the salad and toss gently. These salad hands work great for tossing salad. For a little more flavor, you can also add all the dressing ingredients to a dressing shaker, let the flavors marry for a few hours in the fridge, and then pour over the salad.
You've seen those fun little fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini) in the grocery store, but have you used them before? Now's your chance! This keto bocconcini salad is an easy, simple way to try bocconcini that's delicious for those on the keto diet or not!
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 cups bocconcini (fresh mozzarella balls)
1/4-1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (depending on how much basil flavor you like) or 1 T dried basil