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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

This salad is so good and easy to make. Perfect for accompaniment to any good meal.

  • Yield: 4 - 6 servings


  • 1 pound vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup packed fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Using a serrated knife, slice the tomatoes horizontally about 1/2 inch thick. Discard the very tops and the bottoms.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice the mozzarella into 1/4-inch slices.
  • On a large plate or platter, arrange the tomato and cheese slices in an alternating shingle pattern.
  • Place the basil leaves in a blender with the olive oil and puree until smooth, about 15 seconds.
  • Drizzle the basil oil evenly over the tomatoes and mozzarella. In a small mixing bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar and the sugar and whisk to combine. When the sugar is completely dissolved, pour the vinegar mixture over the tomatoes and mozzarella.
  • Garnish the plate with fresh basil leaves and sprinkle with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.