Recipe: Caprese Salad

The perfect summer salad made with fresh tomatoes, sliced buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

I wholeheartedly believe in enjoying the simple pleasures in life. And when it comes to food, one of the simplest, most delicious pleasures around is a Caprese Salad.

A Caprese Salad is one of the easiest, most delicious salads you can make. Here's my classic recipe to help you get started!

Made with fresh tomatoes, sliced buffalo mozzarella, basil leaves, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a little salt and pepper, real food doesn’t get any better than Caprese Salad. And there’s no better time to make this salad than now since fresh, summer tomatoes and garden-picked basil are essential for a great Caprese Salad.

If you’ve never tried making a Caprese Salad, please give this recipe a try. Honestly, it’s a classic and one of the simplest, best-tasting salads around. The only secret…do your best to find the freshest ingredients available and use a high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Cheers!

Bruce

 

A Caprese Salad is one of the easiest, most delicious salads you can make. Here's my classic recipe to help you get started!

 

Caprese Salad
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Recipe type: Salads & Sides
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced (about 1½ pounds)
  • 8-12 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 12+ fresh basil leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
  • season with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. On a serving platter arrange tomato slices. On top of each tomato place a slice of fresh mozzarella and one or two leaves of fresh basil. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar (if desired), and season lightly with a coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Notes:
We recommend using organic ingredients when possible.

Kitchen Tips and Resources:

  • My knife skills are pretty good, but I prefer to use a tomato slicer to get perfect, similarly-sized slices of tomatoes for my Caprese Salad.
  • A white, rectangular platter makes is a perfect way to present your Caprese Salad for family or guests! There are tons of different options out there but here are some similar to the one I use: Target, Crate & Barrel, or Pottery Barn.
A Caprese Salad is one of the easiest, most delicious salads you can make. Here's my classic recipe to help you get started!

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