Salad caprese – Tomato salad with mozzarella

Salad caprese combines juicy tomatoes with soft mozzarella and fresh basil, finished with a rich balsamic glaze.
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: carrot salad, tomato salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 150kcal


  • 4 tomatoes (large mature)
  • 350 g mozzarella cheese
  • basil leaves (to taste)
  • olive oil (Extra virgin )
  • Balsamic
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (black, to taste )



  • Wash the tomatoes and cut them into about 0.5 cm thick slices.
  • Cut the mozzarella into slices of equal thickness.


  • Arrange the tomatoes and mozzarella alternately and overlapping on a large plate or platter.


  • Spread fresh basil leaves over the tomatoes and mozzarella.
  • Drizzle the salad generously with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Drizzle balsamic glaze over the salad for a sweet and deep flavor.
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


  • Serve immediately, preferably at room temperature to maximize the flavors.


Calories: 150kcal


  • Emune the tomatoes for a finer taste and finish.
  • Add toasted pine nuts and some green pesto.
  • Add sliced red onion or olives for extra flavor and texture.
  • Try different types of tomatoes for a colorful and flavorful variety.
  • Try using burrata instead of mozzarella; top with parmesan cheese if desired
  • Make it a meal salad by adding one or a combination of the following
    • bread (ciabatta,…)
    • pasta (butterfly pasta,…)
    • meat (chicken)


The name “Caprese” of the Salad Caprese refers to the island of Capri, off the coast of Naples in Italy. The salad is named after this island because it was invented there or because it became very popular there. The colors of the salad – red, white and green – are also the colors of the Italian flag, adding to the national pride of this dish.
It is also said that Salad Caprese was a dish created specifically to attract tourists with an attractive presentation that reflected the Italian flag. Be that as it may, this simple combination of ingredients is an enduring symbol of Italian cuisine and is appreciated the world over for its fresh flavors.

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