Caprese or Sliced Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

Heather says:

Sometimes recipes are so basic, so simple, so easy, that I forget to include them here on Home Ec 101. Insalata caprese is one such recipe. This recipe shines in the summer, when tomatoes are at their peak, but sometimes it just beckons in the depth of winter. If it’s not tomato season, spend extra on the premium, locally grown, hothouse tomatoes. If you live where those aren’t available, just hang on, the tomatoes have to shine or it’s wasted money.

Insalata caprese is a perfect dish to bring to someone’s house, especially if they are having an Italian meal. It’s also great for summer potlucks or hors d’oeuvres. Concerned that you don’t know how to chiffonade basil? Don’t worry it’s just a fancy word, even the newest cook can handle it and Bobbie wrote a tutorial on basil chiffonade.


: Insalata Caprese

: Simple, Sliced Salad

  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh Mozzarella, sliced
  • Fresh Basil, cut into chiffonade
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper* to taste
  • Optional** Balsamic Vinegar

Insalata Caprese Directions

  • Alternate tomato slices and mozzarella to fill the serving plate.
  • Sprinkle with the basil chiffonade.
  • Salt, pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Drizzle with balsamic vinegar if desired.

*do not reach for that pre-ground stuff, I’ll smack your hand
**balsamic vinegar is not optional in my world.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Gluten free

Culinary tradition: Italian

Submitted to Mouthwatering Monday, What Makes You Say Mmmmm, and Tasty Tuesday.


  1. theshiksa on January 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I love caprese! Yum!

  2. Lisa Frame on January 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Oh yum. This is one of my favorite meals. When I’m in the mood for something light and my boys are looking for something heavier? I make this for myself.

  3. beyondthepeel on January 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    What a great. It’s a classic but often forgotten because of it’s simplicity. You’re so right about the tomatoes ‘shining” in this simple flavorful salad. Thanks for the lovely reminder and recipe.

    I’m hosting Whole Food Wednesdays at I hope you’ll swing by and even share if you like. Have a great rest of your week.

  4. whenpigsflyblog on January 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

    This is one of my all time favorite salads. We make it all the time. I’m loving your site!

  5. TeriMcNealSchuler on January 24, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Delicious! This is my favorite salad! So good with a high quality, fresh mozzarella! So good! I’d love it if you would stop by my Super Bowl Eats and Treats Party and link up!

  6. Flour N Friends on January 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love this stuff! It’s so simple yet fresh and delicious every time. I need to make this soon, I think I might make it for my step brother and his girlfriend as an app to our Scarpetta’s Spaghetti! Come check it out over @!!! Thanks for sharing this

  7. HeatherSolos on January 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    @mydwynter and hmm it pulled in your tweet as a comment. Must figure out how to get rid of that

    • mydwynter on January 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      @HeatherSolos ::snort:: Um. Yes. Yes you do. (So it just pulls in everything indiscriminately? Annoying.)

      • HeatherSolos on January 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm

        @mydwynter no it pulls in responses to tweets containing the url of the post. So it often makes sense, but I found the filter

      • mydwynter on January 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        @HeatherSolos But mine didn’t contain the url. Did it? I certainly didn’t add it myself…

      • HeatherSolos on January 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        @mydwynter no but it was part of the conversation. Sometimes it works really well and now that I found the profanity filter, all is well 🙂

      • mydwynter on January 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        @HeatherSolos With the profanity filter, I’ll NEVER get trackback’d!!!! ;D

      • HeatherSolos on January 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        @mydwynter hehe

  8. HeatherSolos on January 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    @mydwynter eh, you’ve left me for 3 weeks and I did blame you on Facebook

  9. CharlestonParks on January 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    @HeatherSolos Yummy!

  10. TheAmyTucker on January 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

    If you need any tomatoes, I’m your girl here in a couple of months…

  11. imabug on January 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    one of my favourites, especially with a good balsamic vinegar and maybe a drizzle of olive oil

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