Caprese Salad Recipe (VIDEO)

Caprese Salad is an easy classic Italian recipe. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! The combination of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil are a winning combination and you will love the excellent homemade Balsamic Glaze.

Like our popular Cucumber Tomato Salad, this Caprese Salad should be on the regular rotation during tomato season when tomatoes are at their peak in flavor and texture.

Caprese salad drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze on white platter

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What is Caprese Salad?

“Insalata Caprese” literally means “the salad of Capri” which is an Italian island. Caprese salad is typically made by layering slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil, then seasoned to perfection, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sometimes a balsamic glaze.

Fun fact: the colors of a Caprese salad match the Italian flag which is green, white and red.

Ingredients to make salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and balsamic glaze

How to Make Caprese Salad:

  1. Start by layering slices of tomatoes on a serving platter. Tuck slices of cheese between each tomato so both are visible then tuck whole basil leaves between the cheese and tomatoes. Arrange the slices so you can see every layer.
  2. Season generously with salt and pepper, drizzle all over with extra virgin olive oil and drizzle with 2 Tbsp balsamic glaze or add it to taste.

How to make a caprese salad in layers on a platter with balsamic reduction

Can I Omit the Balsamic Glaze?

During the summer months when tomatoes (especially heirloom tomatoes) are at their peak in taste, you can omit the balsamic glaze and season with only salt, pepper, and a good extra virgin olive oil.

The salad was traditionally made without a balsamic glaze but it adds wonderful tangy-sweet flavor and a little goes a long way. It is especially handy when tomatoes are out of season.

Balsamic Glaze on caprese salad

Can I Substitute the Fresh Mozzarella?

Fresh Mozzarella is classic to this salad. A close second option would be burrata which is creamy and mild in flavor. I would NOT recommend using low moisture or part-skim mozzarella cheese due to its tough texture and salty flavor.

Caprese salad portion on a plate with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and drizzled with balsamic glaze and extra virgin olive oil

More Fresh Tomato Recipes:

These tomato recipes will help you get the most of sweet summer tomatoes.

Watch Natasha Make Caprese Salad:

There’s a reason why everyone is obsessed with “Caprese” everything, even Caprese Skewers! It’s fresh, healthy, flavorful and perfect as a light summer lunch. Watch the video to see how we make this super easy Caprese Salad. Get the print-friendly recipe for the Balsamic Glaze Here.

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Caprese Salad











5 from 1 vote

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Caprese salad assembled on white platter drizzled with balsamic glaze

Caprese Salad is an easy classic Italian recipe. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! The combination of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil are a winning combination and you will love the excellent homemade Balsamic Glaze.

Skill Level: Easy

Cost to Make: $8-$10

Keyword: caprese salad

Calories: 261 kcal

Servings: 6 people as a side salad

  • 1 1/2 lbs Ripe tomatoes (3-4 medium) sliced 1/4” thick
  • 12-16 oz Fresh mozzarella sliced 1/4” thick
  • 1 bunch Fresh basil (1/3 cup basil leaves)
  • 3 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic glaze or added to taste (optional)
  1. Start by layering slices of tomatoes on a serving platter. Tuck slices of cheese between each tomato so both are visible then tuck whole basil leaves between the cheese and tomatoes. Arrange the slices so you can see every layer.

  2. Season generously with salt and pepper, drizzle all over with extra virgin olive oil and drizzle with 2 Tbsp balsamic glaze or add it to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Caprese Salad

Amount Per Serving

Calories 261 Calories from Fat 180

% Daily Value*

Fat 20g31%

Saturated Fat 8g50%

Cholesterol 45mg15%

Sodium 555mg24%

Potassium 312mg9%

Carbohydrates 8g3%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 14g28%

Vitamin A 1398IU28%

Vitamin C 16mg19%

Calcium 300mg30%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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