Dark Chocolate Balsamic Caprese Salad

This Dark Chocolate Balsamic Caprese Salad is an amazing twist on the traditional Caprese Salad. Heirloom tomatoes, arugula, burrata, and pepitas drizzled with dark chocolate balsamic reduction makes this a refreshing change to the classic flavor combo!

  • Author: The Saucy Fig
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3-6 servings 1x



Dark Chocolate Balsamic Reduction

Dark Chocolate Curls

Salad Ingredients

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 34 ripe heirloom tomatoes (I like a variety of color – orange, yellow, red, green, etc.)
  • 1 package baby arugula
  • 12 packages burrata (depending on how many salads you are trying to make)
  • raw pepitas
  • salt and pepper


  1. Start making the balsamic reduction by adding vinegar and honey to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer over medium low until it has reduced to about half of it’s original volume and thickened like syrup. Takes about 30 minutes.
  2. White the reduction is simmering, make your chocolate curls.  Heat dark chocolate chips in the microwave at 30-60 second intervals, stirring in-between.  Once melted at the other half of the Forte Dark chocolate bar (chopped finely) and stir briskly to melt completely. Add in the crisco.
  3. Place a cookie sheet in the fridge for one minute, then remove, turn pan over (upside down) and spread a think layer of the chocolate evenly over the entire surface of the bottom of the pan.
  4. Let cool and once you can touch it with your finger and it leaves a fingerprint (not hard but not soft) then you are ready to make your curls. Using a flat, metal surface (spatula, cake scraper, clean putty scraper) push down (firmly) at a 45 degree angle and continue to push forward to curl your chocolate.  Play around and have fun trying out your favorite style (thick, thin, large, small, etc.).
  5. Now to layer the salad.  Start by drizzling your plate with some extra virgin olive oil and some of the balsamic reduction.
  6. Next, arrange thick slices of your heirloom tomatoes in a circle.  Top the center of the circle with a handful of baby arugula and right on top of that place your burrata.
  7. Sprinkle the entire salad with pepitas and drizzle more dark chocolate balsamic reduction on top.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


Substitutions: If you are not a fan of burrata or have a hard time finding it in your local grocery store, you can also just use the traditional fresh mozzarella.  Also instead of pepitas you can use toasted pine nuts, and if you don’t like peppery arugula use spinach or another green of choice.

Keywords: caprese salad, dark chocolate, balsamic reduction, salad, heirloom tomatoes