Caprese Salad

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  • Easy Caprese Salad – Only 10 minutes of prep and ready in less than 30 minutes! Filled with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and topped with balsamic.

    This fresh caprese salad will be the hit of your summer BBQ’s! It’s fresh, flavorful and so simple to whip up. Some of my other top popular salads are pasta salad, Greek salad, cucumber tomato salad, potato salad and fruit salad.

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    Tomato basil mozzarella salad

    A fresh caprese salad is the ultimate summer side dish! You just can’t go wrong with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil topped with balsamic. The fresh summer flavors shine through and taste absolutely delicious.

    A traditional caprese salad is made with slices of tomatoes, sliced mozzarella and larger pieces of basil on top. Then you would sprinkle salt and pepper on top and drizzle over some olive oil. While I love the original version, I find it much easier to eat this way and perfect for a crowd.

    The best part about this tomato caprese salad is that it only takes 10 minutes to prep and is ready in less than 30 minutes. SO easy to make and super tasty!

    tomatoes, basil and mozzarella in white bowl

    Ingredients

    Check out the simple caprese salad ingredients below:

    Cherry tomatoes: I prefer to use cherry tomatoes because they are a great size and hold up really well. I add in about 1 pint, sliced in half.

    Basil: Make sure to use freshly chopped basil! It makes all the difference and adds so much flavor.

    Mozzarella: I love to use mini mozzarella balls because they are the perfect size! No additional slicing required. If you can’t find them, you can dice up a big mozzarella ball into 1-inch pieces.

    Dressing: The dressing is simple, yet super flavorful. It consists of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and dried oregano. If you don’t have oregano, you can mix in dried thyme instead.

    Optional: I love to drizzle on some balsamic glaze right before serving. You can either make your own or buy it from the store.

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    How to make caprese salad

    Scroll down for the printable caprese salad recipe.

    1. Add tomatoes, basil & mozzarella to large bowl. Place the tomatoes, mozzarella balls and fresh chopped basil in a large bowl.
    2. Whisk together dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and dried oregano.
    3. Pour dressing over mixture and toss. Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture and toss to combine. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
    4. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Before serving, add more basil and S&P to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired.

    caprese salad in white bowl with spoon

    Tips for preparing

    • If using balsamic glaze, feel free to make your own or use store bought.
    • Can add in extras like sliced cucumbers or avocados.
    • To make this a meal, serve over a bed of mixed greens with a side of grilled chicken.
    • For a traditional caprese salad: Add sliced vine tomatoes, sliced mozzarella and larger pieces of basil to a large plate. Then sprinkle salt and pepper on top and drizzle on some olive oil.
    • Storage: This caprese salad tastes best if served immediately, however it can be refrigerated for up to 1 day in an airtight container.

    tomato basil mozzarella salad in white bowl

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    tomato basil mozzarella salad in white bowl

    Caprese Salad Recipe

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: caprese salad, caprese salad recipe, tomato basil mozzarella salad
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Refrigerate: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 102
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Easy Caprese Salad - Only 10 minutes of prep and ready in less than 30 minutes! Filled with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and topped with balsamic. 

    Ingredients

    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes , sliced in half
    • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano or thyme
    • 1/4 cup chopped basil
    • 1 cup mozzarella balls

    Balsamic glaze, for serving

      Instructions

      • Place the tomatoes, mozzarella balls and freshly chopped basil in a large bowl.
      • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and dried oregano.
      • Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture and toss to combine. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
      • Add more basil or salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired.

      Notes

      • If using balsamic glaze, feel free to make your own or use store bought.
      • Can add in extras like sliced cucumbers or avocados.
      • To make this a meal, serve over a bed of mixed greens with a side of grilled chicken.
      • For a traditional caprese salad: Add sliced vine tomatoes, sliced mozzarella and larger pieces of basil to a large plate. Then sprinkle salt and pepper on top and drizzle on some olive oil.
      • Storage: This caprese salad tastes best if served immediately, however it can be refrigerated for up to 1 day in an airtight container.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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