Caprese Salad

I love ordering caprese salad when I’m eating at Italian restaurants… but I always felt a tinge of guilt that I was overpaying what I was actually getting. So of course my next mission was to recreate the caprese salad. This didn’t take much since there are only 4 ingredients! When you have so few ingredients, the quality of the ingredients becomes extremely important. So go for quality when you shop!


3 ripe tomatoes (you can use vine ripe or roma), diced into 1/4 inch slices
1 bunch of fresh basil
Fresh mozzarella cheese (about 1 lb) [I’ve shown two types I like to use.. the fresher the better!], diced into 1/4 inch slices
extra virgin olive oil (“EVOO”)
balsamic vinegar (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

basil and tomatoes olive oil and balsamic
mozzarella cheese mozzarella cheese

1. Place the tomato slices on a shallow plate, layer the mozzarella cheese on, and the basil leaves. I like to coarsely chop the basil leaves. (There really is no rule to which goes first.. as you can see I placed the cheese first and then tomatoes on top. It just depends on the sizes. Just remember big on bottom and smaller on top. )
2. Drizzle with EVOO, and a little balsamic if you like the taste.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Enjoy homemade fresh caprese salad!

caprese salad





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