This simple salad of tomato, basil and mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper is also known as Insalata Caprese. Whatever you call it, you'll definitely call it delicious!
Insalata Caprese. Those two words make me sigh in a wonderful, contented manner. I don't even know what they mean, though a quick trip around the net, tells me know that they mean, salad in the style of Capri. Oh, Capri, I've never been, but I obviously love you.
I have been making this salad ever since I first stumbled upon it in 2008. It's been sitting here on my blog all that time without a recipe card or a photo!
Probably because it's hardly a recipe. You basically make a salad of tomato, basil and mozzarella. The first time I make it each year, with summer's fresh tomatoes, it's like I officially welcome summer with this salad.
Mozzarella Cheese - try to find good quality fresh mozzarella cheese. With so few ingredients, you really want to use the best you can find. I found this fresh organic mozzarella at Publix!
Olive Oil - again, use your best extra virgin olive oil for this recipe. You want the flavor to shine.
Basil - my basil is flourishing, have you tried my instructions for Rooting Basil in Water so you too can have oodles of basil!
Tomatoes - fresh summer tomatoes! We get ours from a CSA, so they are locally grown and perfect.
Salt and Pepper.
I like to layer my salad, so I slice everything thinly, you can also just dice everything if you want that sort of look.
Arrange the tomatoes in a shallow tart dish.
Tuck the mozzarella cheese in between the tomatoes.
Place the basil leaves in between the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. You can go as light or as heavy as you like, whatever looks good to you.
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
How gorgeous is that salad?! Everyone is impressed when you bring it out. And really, it couldn't be any easier!
This salad doesn't keep well in the fridge, so make it fresh! I like to let mine sit for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
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Insalata Caprese (Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad)
- 4 Tomatoes
- 15 Basil leaves
- 8 ounces Fresh mozzarella
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Thinly slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
- Arrange the tomatoes in a tart pan.
- Wedge in the mozzarella cheese and a basil leaf between the tomatoes.
- Drizzle with the olive oil.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Let rest for 10 minutes.
This was originally published in 2008 and has been updated for 2020.