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The Best Recipe for Caprese Salad: An Italian Classic

Caprese salad is a classic Italian dish that highlights fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil. Here's a simple step-by-step guide to making a delicious Caprese salad:


  1. Fresh tomatoes (ripe and preferably different colors for visual appeal)

  2. Fresh mozzarella cheese

  3. Fresh basil leaves

  4. Extra virgin olive oil

  5. Balsamic glaze (optional)

  6. Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Gather the Ingredients:

  • Make sure you have all the fresh ingredients on hand.

  1. Slice the Tomatoes:

  • Wash and dry the tomatoes.

  • Using a sharp knife, slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick rounds.

  1. Slice the Mozzarella:

  • Similarly, slice the fresh mozzarella into rounds of about the same thickness as the tomatoes.

  1. Arrange Tomatoes and Mozzarella:

  • On a serving platter, alternate and overlap the tomato and mozzarella slices. This creates a visually appealing pattern.

  1. Add Fresh Basil:

  • Wash the fresh basil leaves and tuck them in between the tomato and mozzarella slices.

  1. Drizzle with Olive Oil:

  • Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the tomato and mozzarella slices. This not only adds flavor but also enhances the dish's authenticity.

  1. Season with Salt and Pepper:

  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over the salad to taste.

  1. Optional: Balsamic Glaze:

  • If you like, you can add a balsamic glaze for extra flavor. Drizzle it over the salad in a zig-zag pattern.

  1. Serve:

  • Serve the Caprese salad immediately, while the ingredients are fresh and flavorful.

Additional Tips:

  • Freshness is Key: Use the freshest ingredients possible for the best flavor.

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Let the tomatoes and mozzarella come to room temperature before serving for enhanced flavor.

  • Customize: Feel free to customize the salad with additional ingredients like pine nuts or a sprinkle of dried oregano.

Enjoy your delicious and refreshing Caprese salad!


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