Caprese Salad (Insalata Caprese)

Caprese Salad, Best Caprese SaladCaprese salad or otherwise known as Insalata Caprese, is a very simple yet elegant salad. It uses only fresh ingredients and even in its simplest form is quite delicious. Fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil is drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled with salt and freshly ground pepper.


  • 6 slices of vine ripe or heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/2" thick
  • 6 slices of fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4" thick (preferably buffalo mozzarella ball)
  • fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil, extra virgin
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper


  1. Arrange on a plate, alternating the tomatoes and mozzarella and adding the basil leaves in between. I usually start with a slice of tomato first, followed by a slice of mozzarella and then a couple of basil leaves...then repeat.
  2. Drizzle arrangement with olive oil. Salt and pepper as desired.
  3. Serve immediately.


- To decorate the tray even further, you can add black olives, kalamata olives or capers if desired.

- I like to use a white rectangular tray for this and lay the tomatoes in a single row, each tomato topped with a slice of mozzarella and a single large basil leaf or shredded leaves.

- Serve with a crusty type of sliced fresh bread such as French bread if desired.

- Be sure to use freshly ground pepper if possible.


- If preparing ahead of time, add the olive oil and seasonings right before serving.

- Freeze the mozzarella ball for 1/2 hour before for easier slicing.

- If adding a balsamic vinegar, I highly recommend using the white balsamic vinegar because the dark vinegar in my opinion takes away the beauty of this simplistic dish. You can also use a white wine vinegar. However, the traditional caprese salad recipe excludes any vinegar.


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