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Serves: 4

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes Total time: 15 minutes

Insalata Caprese, also known as Caprese Salad is a traditional Italian appetizer. Fresh summer tomatoes, fresh basil, and soft mozzarella cheese (not the rubbery and dry version) make this salad a summer favorite. The salad has its origins from the island of Capri in Italy, south of the coast of Naples.


  • 4 large vine-ripened or heirloom tomatoes sliced into 1/4 inch slices
    1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese sliced into 1/4 inch slices
    15-20 basil leaves sliced into ribbons
    3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    kosher/sea salt and pepper to taste
    1 tablespoon balsamic reduction (optional)


  • More presentations

    Sprinkle sliced tomatoes with salt.
    Arrange tomatoes and mozzarella on platter in alternating and overlapping pattern, or stacked as shown on the image above.
    Either tuck whole leaves of basil in between layers of tomatoes or sprinkle salad with the ribbons of basil.
    Drizzle the salad evenly with extra virgin olive oil.
    Sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper.
    Drizzle with balsamic glaze if using.
    Serve immediately or within one hour of preparation.

    There is really no “dressing” for Caprese Salad. Instead a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and salt is all that is needed.
    A drizzle of balsamic reduction enhances the taste of this simple salad, but that is optional.


    Beefsteak, vine-ripened, or heirloom tomatoes are all great for this Tomato and Mozzarella Salad.

    Balsamic Reduction

    You can easily purchase a balsamic reduction or glaze or you can make it at home.

    Place 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into heavy bottomed saucepan.
    Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer.
    Allow to reduce, stirring occasionally, until the balsamic is reduced by half and coats the back of a spoon. This takes about 10 minutes.
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