Caprese Salad is a classic Italian salad known for its simplicity and vibrant flavors. This salad celebrates the beauty of fresh, high-quality ingredients. Ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese, and fragrant basil leaves are layered together and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil. The combination of sweet tomatoes, mild and creamy mozzarella, and the aromatic basil creates a harmonious and refreshing taste sensation. Optionally, a touch of balsamic vinegar can be added for a hint of acidity. Caprese Salad is not only visually appealing but also a delightful appetizer or side dish that captures the essence of Mediterranean cuisine. It’s a perfect choice for showcasing the best of summer’s produce.
- 4 ripe tomatoes, preferably Roma or vine-ripened
- 8 ounces (about 1 cup) fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- Fresh basil leaves (about 1/2 cup)
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar (optional)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Wash and slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick rounds.
- Arrange the tomato slices and fresh mozzarella cheese slices on a serving platter, alternating them.
- Tuck fresh basil leaves between the tomato and mozzarella slices. You can tear the basil leaves or leave them whole for a more elegant presentation.
- Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil generously over the salad.
- If desired, you can also drizzle a small amount of balsamic vinegar for extra flavor.
- Season the salad with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- Serve the Caprese Salad immediately as an appetizer or a light and refreshing side dish.