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Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Garlic Scape Pesto

This week, I found myself at the farmer’s market, not once, but twice! Like, in the matter of two days. I seriously can’t help myself though. If you’ve ever been to a farmer’s market, hopefully you can relate to the pure joy I feel while casually strolling through. They just make me feel so gosh darn elated! If you have never been, get goin’! Check out my top reasons for eating locally here and find your closest farmer’s market here.

I love seeing the dirt on the fresh produce, chatting with the friendly local farmers, and trying new foods! I’m always spotting produce that I’ve never cooked with before. The year we had a CSA it was produce like kohlrabi, watercress, and pea shoots that made their debut in my kitchen. This past Tuesday, a couple new things caught my eye.

Like these freakin’ adorable baby carrots. How could I resist?

And these wild and crazy garlic scapes! Detected a slight resemblance to myself when I roll out of bed first thing in the morning.


I’ve also been looking for an excuse to use the basil from our fire-escape garden (yes, this is city living at its finest for ya).


Plus, I snagged some tomatoes and fresh mozzarella from my first farmer’s market stop this week so I decided to put it all together in one delicious appetizer.

Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Garlic Scape Pesto | @TheFoodieDietitian

Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Garlic Scape Pesto

Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 1 bunch garlic scapes, flowers and tough ends removed
  • 1 cup fresh basil, packed
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 8oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Olive oil and balsamic vinegar to drizzle


  1. In a food processor, add garlic scapes, basil, parmesan, pine nuts, olive oil and pulse to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Alternate tomato and mozzarella slices to create towers and top off with a dollop of the pesto. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the towers.

Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Garlic Scape Pesto | @TheFoodieDietitian Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Garlic Scape Pesto | @TheFoodieDietitian

Check out the recipes below for more pesto themed recipes:

Asparagus and Brie Grilled Cheese with Arugula Pesto

Asparagus and Brie Grilled Cheese with Arugula Pesto

Caprese Hemp Pesto Pasta Salad |

Caprese Hemp Pesto Pasta Salad

Arugula Pesto Roasted Almonds

Arugula Pesto Roasted Almonds

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


  1. Pure giddiness & ecstasy is what I feel walking into a farmer’s market! My local one opens tomorrow! I seriously can’t contain my excitement. I’ll have to look for garlic scapes & make this! Yum!

  2. This looks really yummy! 🙂

  3. These are so adorable! They remind me of Dr. Seuss! 🙂 What a great take on a traditional caprese salad! Nom!

  4. Ahhh, I have professed my love for garlic scapes this time of year (of course I just posted a recipe using them too) but your salad here is seriously something I could eat DAILY all summer long 🙂

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