Champagne Tomato Basil Salad (GF)

Sometimes it’s the simplest ingredients that make for the biggest flavors. Reminiscent of traditional Caprese with a delicate hint of champagne vinegar this salad is a refreshing dish for potlucks, picnics and BBqs or a light and tangy side for meals. Remember to take advantage of what’s local and in season in your area! Fresh-from-the-market heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and romas will add their own unique flavor! In a pinch I’ve added a pound of ground meat or shrimp for a quick and satisfying meal.

This recipe offers a perfect opportunity for age-appropriate cooking with kids – from selecting and washing ingredients to measuring and combining. Adult supervision is always recommended.

Where appropriate, I’ve listed a few of my favorite Brands together with the ingredients.

Gluten-Free Champagne Tomato Basil Salad


  • 10-12 oz Brown Rice Pasta (Tinkyada Fusilli)
  • 25 Cherry Tomatoes (approx. 1 lb), Sliced
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Basil, Finely Chopped
  • 1-2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 10 oz Fresh Mozzarella (optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Champagne Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Agave Nectar/Natural Sweetener
  • Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper to Taste



  1. Prepare pasta per directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Combine last 4 ingredients.
  3. Add Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic.
  4. Combine with Pasta.
  5. Add Mozzarella, if desired.
  6. It’s that simple! ENJOY!


Nutrition Info: (Serving Size 1 Cup, mozzarella not included)

Calories 260, Fat 5g, Sat Fat 1g, Sodium 15mg, Carb 48g, Fiber <1g, Sugars 1.5g, Protein 4.5g

*Nutrition Information is approximate and may change as a result of the specific brands of ingredients and type/cut of meat that you select.

** Always read labels thoroughly before purchasing/using as ingredients and sources can change!