Caprese Salad is an easy to make Italian classic, with fresh ripe tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil leaves, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar!Caprese Salad is an easy to make Italian classic, with fresh ripe tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil leaves, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar!

Well, I’ve made this Caprese Salad two nights in a row for my husband and myself. Truth! It is so refreshing and delicious, especially with peak of season tomatoes and basil! With very few ingredients, you can make this delicious salad. We enjoy it as a side salad OR as a main dish on a hot summer night.

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Inspiration Hits

It all started innocently enough… I happened to see a post on my friend Elizabeth’s Facebook page. She made a Caprese Salad for her family…so I got to thinking that I should make one for my husband and I, too! I didn’t have an official recipe, but how hard could it be, right?

Fresh basil leaves in garden are used to make a caprese salad.

I have basil and tomatoes growing in our garden. Hmmm. All I need is some fresh mozzarella. Hmmm. This would be a great light summer appetizer or salad…Hmmm. (you realize, of course, that those “Hmmms” are me, putting on my thinking cap, right?).

Caprese Salad… For the WIN!

Caprese salad is such a easy dish to prepare, and you can make it as large or small as you wish! My husband and I had late lunches the past couple of days, so two nights ago, we just sat out on our deck. We enjoyed this simple dish, along with a glass of wine, for our dinner. Sooo deliciously tasty on a hot, summer night!

Another caprese salad, ready to eat with dinner!

Last night, the same story. Late lunch, and we weren’t really hungry for a “normal” dinner, so I ran out to our garden, picked some basil and fresh tomatoes, and made another Caprese Salad for dinner. Yee Haw! When you have the flavor of homegrown tomatoes, this salad SHINES!

Fresh garden tomatoes will make a wonderful tasting caprese salad.

So what exactly is a “Caprese Salad”, you ask?  Wikipedia defines it: “Caprese Salad is a simple salad, made of sliced fresh mozarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt, and olive oil. It was made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green.”

I also added pepper, and drizzled some balsamic vinegar on top (along with the olive oil). Perfect! I’ve made caprese salad so many times now I’ve lost count!

Two caprese salads, ready to eat!

Hope you will give this easy salad a try. The flavors of the fresh tomatoes and basil combined with creamy fresh mozzarella is wonderful!

Caprese Salad , served on a white platter.

Hope you enjoy this delicious caprese salad! It is REALLY easy to prepare, and is absolutely delicious! Have a GREAT day!

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Caprese Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Caprese Salad is an easy to make Italian classic, with fresh ripe tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil leaves, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar!

Category: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: caprese salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 272 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese , room temp, sliced in 1/2 inch slices (2-3 slices per person)
  • Fresh tomatoes , sliced in 1/2 inch slices (2-3 slices per person)
  • Fresh basil sprigs ( one for each slice of cheese and tomato)
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • Cracked pepper (to taste)
  • Olive oil (enough to drizzle over the top of the salad)
  • Balsamic vinegar (enough to drizzle over the top of the salad)
Instructions
  1. Layer the serving platter with slice of cheese, then a slice of tomato. Repeat, until you have as much on the platter as you desire.
  2. Lightly salt and pepper the salad.
  3. Lightly drizzle the salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

  4. Place a sprig or two of fresh basil leaves on, or in between each slice of tomato and cheese. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Caprese Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 547mg24%
Potassium 292mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1545IU31%
Vitamin C 13.2mg16%
Calcium 446mg45%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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