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Summer of Salads: Caprese Salad

Here on the West Coast, we haven't been hard-hit by the year's devastating tomato blight, so I've been taking advantage of my good fortune by supporting growers of heirloom tomatoes (perhaps a little too much; the other day I bought $21 worth of them!). As a salad fanatic, I had to make my favorite type of tomato salad.

The insalata Caprese, which literally translates to "salad from Capri," is composed of three main ingredients: fresh mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes, and basil leaves. It's a no-brainer to prepare, and takes five seconds to make, so the key is to use top-notch components.

In addition to enjoying the basic Caprese, it's also fun to play around with the recipe. On this day, I chopped up an extra pound of heirlooms, let them sit in a fine sieve until the juice strained through, and whisked the juice with olive oil and seasonings to make a punchy vinaigrette that brought out the savory herbaceousness of tomatoes. Start experimenting when you read more.

Basic Caprese Salad

Basic Caprese Salad

Recipe For Insalata Caprese


2 pounds (about 4 large) vine-riped heirloom tomatoes
1 pound fresh fior di latte or bufala mozzarella
1/4 cup fresh basil, washed well and dried
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Slice mozzarella and tomatoes to preferred thickness (I cut them 1/4-inch thick).
  2. Arrange on a serving platter, alternating tomato, mozzarella, and basil, overlapping elements slightly.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil. Season salad with salt and pepper.

Serves 4 to 6.

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 4 years
Absolutely cannot go wrong with this one! Y.U.M. :)
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 6 years
This is one of my (and my bf's) fave recipes. Might have to pick up a rotisserie chicken and caprese ingredients for a quick dinner tonight.
shannonkay shannonkay 6 years
I didn't even know there was a tomato blight. In fact, we've got a surplus of tomatoes since my grandfather's tomato plant has been really producing this year.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
this used to be one of my FAVORITES but ever since i got preggo i have to say that i'm not necessarily feeling the whole mozz thing :(
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 6 years
I wish I liked tomatoes cause that looks good!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Just needs to be topppppped with..............thick cut applewood smoked bacon!!!!!!!!!!!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
my FAVORITE ever
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