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Salad Caprese – One of my Favorite Salads

Salad Caprese is a wonderful salad that is served in many Italian restaurants, and many other restaurants as well. Salad Caprese is a wonderfully simple salad that you can make at home. I love to make my Salad Caprese during the summer. I always have a container garden of fresh basil, and sometimes I grow a tomato plant or two so Salad Caprese often becomes a dinner meal for me. If you have never had salad Caprese the basic ingredients are mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and fresh ripe tomatoes.

salad caprese recipe

Salad Caprese

How do you make your own Salad Caprese? Some people like them with pesto, or even served with anchovies.

How to select a ripe tomato
Learn about mozzerlla cheese

Salad Caprese

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  • Recipe Type: Appetizer Recipes, Copykat Recipes, Salad Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:10 minutes
  • Serves: 1
Salad Caprese

This salad combines a wonderful blend of flavors.


  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • 1 or 2 pieces of fresh mozzarella
  • 5 or 6 basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher Salt


Wash and core the tomato and slice off both the stem end, and the bottom of the tomato and discard. Slice the remaining tomato into about 5 or 6 slices. You want a basil leaf for each piece of tomato slice. Slice the mozzarella cheese into about 5 or 6 slices as well. If you have some left over, that is ok. Lay each tomato slice on the plate, sprinkle tomatoes with a bit of kosher salt. Then top each tomato slice with a basil leaf, and then top with a slice of mozzarella. Mix together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and drizzle over the salad. Serve immediately. This salad does not make hold well the next day, the basil leaves wilt.

Yield: 1 large serving

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  • Barbie

    Trader Joes has a white balsamic vinegar that works very well on the salad and keeps the beautiful colors, without the brown balsamic. It is refreshing on a hot evening

  • Richard

    Looks wonderful! We’ll soon have plenty of Tomatoes here in MN to serve up Caprese style! I like pepper on mine.

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