If you are looking for a solid Caprese salad recipe to take to your summer BBQ, let this be the one. It’s so simple to make, the flavor just screams summer, and look – it’s so beautiful!
I guarantee you will have no leftovers with this one!
Why this recipe works
This easy recipe for Caprese salad works so well because it comes together in minutes. The tomatoes are SO juicy and flavorful during the end of summer, and when you pair it with creamy mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic, along with a topping of fresh basil leaves, you will feel like you’ve been transported to Italy – or at least a fancy Italian restaurant 😉
You could even add a drizzle of fresh pesto on top, if you like!
Just a short shopping list plus some pantry staples, and you’re ready to make this beauty. Speaking of that shopping list, let’s talk ingredients…
The Ingredients for Easy Caprese Salad
I made my Caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes. They were available at my local Whole Foods and are all over the farmer’s markets, so you know their flavor is peak right now, and they look stunning on a plate – with minimal effort.
Here is what you’ll need to make this Caprese salad with fresh basil:
- heirloom tomatoes
- mozzarella cheese
- fresh basil leaves
- drizzles & toppings: olive oil, balsamic vinegar (or balsamic glaze), salt, pepper
How to Make this Caprese Salad
This quick Caprese salad is one of the easiest recipes to make, so you’re welcome 🙂 To make it, you’ll simply slice your tomatoes and mozzarella, preferably around the same thickness:
Then layer the tomatoes on a large platter, and top with the mozzarella slices:
Next, add the salt and pepper. Then you drizzle the olive oil, followed by the balsamic:
Top with fresh basil, and you’re done!
This is an instant table centerpiece and a crowd-pleaser at your next party. And it’s so simple!
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Can I use different types of tomatoes for this recipe?
Answer: Yes, just make sure you use large tomatoes that you can slice into thick rounds, such as beefsteak. Alternatively, you can use smaller cherry or grape tomatoes, and purchase the small mozzarella balls (often called bocconcini).
Question: Can I use regular balsamic vinegar if I don’t have balsamic glaze?
Answer: Absolutely! I use the glaze sometimes because it’s a bit thicker and I like the way it looks in pictures 🙂 But you can use regular balsamic as well! Just a drizzle for flavor will do.
If you’re looking for more delicious summer recipes, try my Easy Halloumi Cheese Salad, my Chilled Cucumber Soup, or my Paleo Summer Slaw. And if you make this recipe, come back and tell me how you liked it in the comments!