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Caprese Salad Recipe (VIDEO)

Caprese Salad is an easy, classic Italian salad. The combination of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and basil are so beautiful on a platter and you will love the Homemade Balsamic Glaze.

Caprese salad drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze on white platter

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Watch the Caprese Salad Video:

There’s a reason why everyone is obsessed with “Caprese” everything, even Caprese Skewers! It’s fresh, healthy, flavorful, and perfect as a light summer lunch. Watch the video to see how we make this super easy Caprese Salad. Get the print-friendly recipe for the Balsamic Glaze Here.

Just like our popular Cucumber Tomato Salad, this Caprese Salad should be on the regular rotation during tomato season when tomatoes are at their peak in flavor and texture. Sometimes the simplest salad recipes are the best!

What is Caprese Salad?

“Insalata Caprese” literally means “the salad of Capri” which is an Italian island. Caprese salad is typically made by layering slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil, then seasoned to perfection, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sometimes a balsamic glaze.

Fun fact: the colors of a Caprese salad match the Italian flag which is green, white and red.

Ingredients to make salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and balsamic glaze

How to Make Caprese Salad:

  1. Start by layering slices of tomatoes on a serving platter. Tuck slices of cheese between each tomato so both are visible then tuck whole basil leaves between the cheese and tomatoes. Arrange the slices so you can see every layer.
  2. Season generously with salt and pepper, drizzle all over with extra virgin olive oil, and drizzle with 2 Tbsp balsamic glaze or add it to taste.

Serving Tip: Caprese salad is so beautiful when served on a platter. Arrange all of your salad ingredients then just before serving, drizzle with salt, pepper and balsamic (or extra virgin olive oil). Adding the salt too early will make your tomatoes release extra juice.

How to make a caprese salad in layers on a platter with balsamic reduction

Can I Omit the Balsamic Glaze?

During the summer months when tomatoes (especially heirloom tomatoes) are at their peak in taste, you can omit the balsamic glaze and season with only salt, pepper, and a good extra virgin olive oil.

The salad was traditionally made without a balsamic glaze but it adds wonderful tangy-sweet flavor and a little goes a long way. It is especially handy when tomatoes are out of season.

Balsamic Glaze on caprese salad

Can I Substitute the Fresh Mozzarella?

Fresh Mozzarella is classic to this salad. A close second option would be burrata which is creamy and mild in flavor. I would NOT recommend using low moisture or part-skim mozzarella cheese due to its tougher texture and saltier flavor.

Caprese salad portion on a plate with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and drizzled with balsamic glaze and extra virgin olive oil

More Fresh Tomato Recipes:

These tomato recipes will help you get the most of sweet summer tomatoes.

Caprese Salad Recipe

4.94 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Caprese salad assembled on white platter drizzled with balsamic glaze

Caprese Salad is an easy classic Italian recipe. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! The combination of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil are a winning combination and you will love the excellent homemade Balsamic Glaze.

Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: caprese salad
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Salad
Calories: 261 kcal
Servings: 6 people as a side salad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Ripe tomatoes (3-4 medium) sliced 1/4” thick
  • 12-16 oz Fresh mozzarella sliced 1/4” thick
  • 1 bunch Fresh basil (1/3 cup basil leaves)
  • 3 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic glaze or added to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start by layering slices of tomatoes on a serving platter. Tuck slices of cheese between each tomato so both are visible then tuck whole basil leaves between the cheese and tomatoes. Arrange the slices so you can see every layer.
  2. Season generously with salt and pepper, drizzle all over with extra virgin olive oil and drizzle with 2 Tbsp balsamic glaze or add it to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Caprese Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 555mg24%
Potassium 312mg9%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1398IU28%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 300mg30%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • TJK
    September 13, 2020

    Try adding slices of grilled eggplant. AMAZING!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2020

      Great suggestion! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Rachel
    September 5, 2020

    Yummilicous!
    I add a few small cloves of garlic too, so good!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 5, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Rachel!

      Reply

  • Yen
    August 27, 2020

    This salad is so fresh and yummy. We love it and we mostly have it everyday. I even plant the basil in our garden to have fresh supply. Thank you for another delicious and easy meal.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 27, 2020

      It’s perfect and so good to know that you have basil available in your garden anytime!

      Reply

  • Maureen
    August 16, 2020

    Soooo good!!! Yum!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 16, 2020

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Laura Reese
    July 7, 2020

    This was amazing. My garden fresh tomatoes really show off with these ingredients. Yum.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 7, 2020

      Garden fresh is the best!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Toni
    July 7, 2020

    This is such an amazing salad! Perfect side dish!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 7, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Toni!

      Reply

  • Malak
    July 6, 2020

    Thank you. The dish name is tomba chicken please do it.

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  • Julie Blanner
    July 6, 2020

    Love Caprese salad! I don’t know why I don’t make it more often. This is such a great dish for the summer!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 7, 2020

      Thanks Julie and totally agree, this is perfect for summer!

      Reply

  • Lucy
    July 6, 2020

    I LOVE Caprese Salad. Thank you for sharing this AMAZING recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2020

      You’re welcome, Lucy! I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Lucy
    July 6, 2020

    I LOVE Caprese Salad. Thank you for sharing this AMAZING recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2020

      I hope you try this recipe soon Lucy! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Aidajurdi
    June 29, 2020

    What’s the best brand of balsamic vinegar to buy?

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  • Nieves
    December 28, 2019

    For Christmas I made your recipes for lobster tails, beef tenderloin and asparagus, they were all a tremendous success, so delicious and perfect. Thank you, love your recipes, they’ve all turned out great, keep them coming!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 28, 2019

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • Michael Hajduk
    December 28, 2019

    Leave away the balsamico and instead mix 10 parts of extra virgin olive oil with 1 part of lemon juice – the best way to do this is in a sealed mason jar by shaking extremely vigorously until an emulsion is formed.
    This will take your caprese to a complete new level, as it tastes much frecher – and the balsamico is too dominant for the mozarella.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 28, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Michael!

      Reply

  • Nikole
    September 3, 2019

    my daughter loves this type of salad, however my husband needs “real food” if he is going to eat this as part of the meal. What would be a good main entree that enhances this caprese salad, or vice versa?

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    • Natasha
      September 4, 2019

      Hi Nikole, Caprese salad pairs really well with steak or chicken.

      Reply

  • Nifty Recipe
    September 1, 2019

    Quick, easy and incredibly delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 2, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that.

      Reply

  • Viana @ maplewoodroad.com
    August 19, 2019

    This is one of my favorite summer salads! Especially now that my tomatoes are ripe in the garden, perfect!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 19, 2019

      That’s so great! I’m so glad you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • daisy parker
    August 18, 2019

    Yummy Recipe.

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  • lauren kelly
    August 17, 2019

    I just made this last night and it’s the absolute BEST! Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 17, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Lauren!

      Reply

  • Kellie Hemmerly
    August 17, 2019

    The BEST summer salad! We eat this daily using tomatoes from our garden…so delish!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 17, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Kellie! I love that you found a favorite on our blog!

      Reply

  • Becky Hardin
    August 16, 2019

    Seriously one of the best salads ever!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 16, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Becky! Thank you for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Krissy Allori
    August 16, 2019

    It’s hard to beat real mozzarella! Yum!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 16, 2019

      Isn’t it the best, Krissy! Thank you for watching & sharing that awesome review!

      Reply

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