An Italian Caprese Salad is simplicity at its best: juicy tomatoes, creamy and fresh Mozzarella slices, and sweet basil leaves. Top it all off with olive oil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper for a delicious side salad or even meal, depending on what you’re after. This sweet, simple salad is incredible any time of year, but is especially yummy with ripe, juicy tomatoes that are in season.
There’s so much to love about an Italian Caprese salad! It comes together so quickly (a whopping five minutes!), and the flavors are unbeatable! You can use any type of tomato for this recipe, but just know that the more ripe they are, the tastier the salad will be.
how to make Italian Caprese salad
I enjoy an Italian Caprese salad as a starter to a main course meal, or as a main course on its own (especially good with some crusty sourdough bread). It’s a no-fuss recipe you can easily make after a long day out in the sun- you know, those lazy, summer afternoons when you just can’t seem to muster up the energy to start dinner? Enter this delightful and easy salad. 😉
One of the things we love about an Italian Caprese salad is that you really can’t go wrong! As long as you have all of the right ingredients, the flavors of the tomato, basil, and mozzarella will shine!
You might also like this roasted beet salad with fried goat cheese disks.
Here’s what you need to make an Italian Caprese salad:
- ripe tomatoes
- fresh Mozzarella cheese
- fresh basil
- olive oil (one of our favorites is Cobram Estates)
- balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper
To assemble the Italian Caprese salad, you’ll just need two simple steps (check out our recipe at the bottom of the page for all the details!):
- Arrange the cheese and tomatoes. Slice the tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese into 1/4-inch slices and arrange them on two chilled salad plates. Tuck the basil leaves between the tomatoes and cheese.
- Drizzle the oil and balsamic. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top of the salad, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, and serve!
pro tips for caprese salad
For the BEST Italian Caprese salad, follow these tips:
- Use fresh tomatoes that are about the same diameter as the cheese ball.
- You can choose to use red wine vinegar (the traditional choice) or balsamic vinegar (or balsamic glaze).
- You can prepare this salad in advance, just cover each salad plate and refrigerate. Add the oil and vinegar when you’re ready to serve the salads.
Make use of peak tomato season with this Italian Caprese salad! The flavor combination is simply irresistible and allows fresh and juicy tomatoes to take center stage. Enjoy!
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This week make a Meatless Monday meal with a Tomato Casserole! This dish features Vibrant ripe tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella cheese, garlic and rosemary. Bread crumbs and Parmesan make a crunchy topping.
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- 2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 8 ounces fresh Mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 4 tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Flaky salt
- Coarse black pepper, freshly ground
- Arrange alternating slices of tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese on two chilled salad plates. Tuck basil leaves randomly between the tomatoes and cheese slices.
- Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top of the salad and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately.
- Use fresh tomatoes that are approximately the same diameter as the cheese ball
- Any type of tomato works for this salad, the fresher, the better!
- A red wine vinegar is the traditional choice for this salad but a balsamic or thick balsamic glaze vinegar also works.
- This salad can be prepared in advance without the oil and vinegar dressing. Cover each salad and refrigerate; then add the oil/vinegar when serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 512mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 6.6gProtein: 14.7g