Caprese salad!! Nothing says Italian like this memorable and simple caprese salad! The colorful layers of tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil. A classic caprese salad is made with three main ingredients drizzled with balsamic vinegar which makes this the most simple yet outstanding salad recipe for the beginner chef at home! I make this salad year around and if you have access to fresh juicy tomatoes and fresh basil then it tastes even better!
You can buy balsamic vinegar from the store but I love adding my own homemade balsamic reduction: Pour balsamic vinegar into a saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil, reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the vinegar has reduced down and can coat the back of a spoon. It’s super easy! This can also be made into a big batch to store in the fridge.
The original recipe can be tweaked all the time. I frequently use infused olive oils such as chili or truffle or garlic for various tastes. Whatever I am in the mood for at the time. This salad is also a great option for toddlers/kids since it is easy to whip up within minutes. Use this salad for a quick and elegant appetizer for friends, an easy working lunch, or even an ultra light dinner, the options are endless!
[Calories 250, Fat 20g, Carbs 7g, Fiber 1g, Protein 13g]
1-2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced 3 inch in diameter
1 cups of mozzarella balls or 1/2 lb fresh mozzarella
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar reduction
10-12 basil leaves
EVOO, for drizzling
Kosher salt, for seasoning
Black pepper, for seasoning
Make balsamic vinegar reduction as written above. Cut mozzarella slices in about 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut tomatoes into slices, about 1/4 inch in thickness. Arrange tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves, overlapping on a platter. Drizzle with EVOO, salt, pepper and balsamic reduction. Your caprese salad is ready! Serve by it self or on top of a toast.