If you like caprese salad, you’ll love this Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe, an elegant salad with tomatoes, Mozzarella, and asparagus.

Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe with mozzarella cheese, red onions, and tomatoes

Friends, just in time for spring and summer, enjoy this elegant Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe as a meal itself, or a side salad for any summer meal.

Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe

Don’t forget the basil leaves and fresh ground pepper! Watch the VIDEO below to see how easy it is to make!

You may also want to try my Shaved Asparagus Fennel Salad (delicious with anything grilled).

close up view of Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe

If you’re a caprese lover like I am, there are so many options to make recipes with Mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil. Right?

Ingredients for this caprese salad:

  • Bundle asparagus
  • Red onion
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Kumato tomatoes
  • Pesto
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pistachio nuts, optional
  • Fresh basil leaves

It was exactly two years ago this week that we moved into our central Oregon mountain home. The first time Paul and I walked through this dark, all-wood, 1984 home, we knew we could turn it into a modern yet rustic place, that we could call home.

Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe

When I originally saw the house online, I instantly caught the vision of an (almost) all white interior, including the fireplace, and thought to myself, we can do this!

Now, one year later, we’re back to the season when we moved in … beautiful spring, with cooler mornings and evenings, and warm sunny days. Which makes entertaining outside perfect right now.

Caprese Salad

This past week, we had our neighbors over for a light summer meal: salmon and salads! You can’t go wrong with a mix of salads, and everyone seems to love salmon. Even for those who don’t, salads are enough, right?

a side plate of Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe with chicken breast

Asparagus Caprese Salad

This Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe is fresh and delightful. Served with a green salad, broccoli salad, and a wild rice salad – you’re good to go!

Want to take it up a notch? Sprinkle with pistachio nuts!

BEST Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe

A funny story from 2 years ago–I was on a trip to Italy for 10 days, but saw the house online), as Paul FaceTimed with our realtor. We made the decision right away to put an offer in, the property sight unseen.

I’m so glad we moved on it quickly, because homes in our neck of the woods move rather quickly!

So one year ago, when we walked through our new dark, cold home (though with beautiful features), we were excited, to say the least, even though we knew there was a ton of work ahead of us.

Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe

The first thing to go? The minute we had keys to our new home, the first thing we took down was the draperies, which we felt gave the home a dark, rather claustrophobic feel.

Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe

Last weekend I was just reminiscing with my friends who came for the weekend, about how our little woodsy home came to be! The icing on the cake is getting to enjoy it now with friends and family! What is a home if you can’t share it with others?

Everyday Hospitality

This year, we’re so excited for friends who will be dropping by for a drink or a nosh or dinner HERE.

Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe

Our patios have really extended our floor plan in the summer months. One on the front wraps around to the back. There’s always a cozy place to hang out and enjoy the beauty around us. (More about the bench, here.)

Let’s just say, there haven’t been many weekends when our house hasn’t been well-used, and filled with friends dropping by!

Happy spring and summer entertaining!

Close up of Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad on white plate

More caprese recipes:

Cheesy Caprese Dip [Cookie Rookie]

Steak Caprese Sandwich Board

Caprese Flatbread Pizza Recipe

Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe with mozzarella cheese, red onions, and tomatoes
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Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe


  • 10 oz. bundle asparagus
  • 1 medium red onion, cut in large pieces
  • 6 oz. mozzarella balls, halved
  • 2 brown Kumato tomatoes, cut in pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. pesto
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pistachio nuts, optional
  • Fresh basil leaves


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • On large baking sheet, spread out the asparagus and red onion, and add the pesto. Bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness of asparagus), until the asparagus is tender.
  • Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool. Plate the asparagus and top with tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh-cracked pepper and salt. (Optional to sprinkle pistachio nuts on top :)
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves; serve.


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plate of pesto asparagus salad

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