This caprese salad reminds me of my trip to Italy last year. I love this salad since it is quick and easy to put together. Also, fresh ingredients are important for this salad. Caprese salad is a great summer salad, perfect as a starter or as a side dish. This would also make a great light main dish, especially during warm weather. I used tomatoes still on the vine, basil leaves from my basil plant, and fresh bocconcini mozzarella cheese. Bocconcini mozzarella are smaller egg-sized mozzarella balls. In addition, I used balsamic vinegar to drizzle over the salad , but I think traditional caprese salad is only with olive oil. Feel free to omit the balsamic vinegar if you aren't a fan but I personally think it tastes better with it. Hope you enjoy a caprese salad this summer, buon appetito!
2 tomatoes, sliced
½ pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 bunch fresh basil leaves
olive oil, extra virgin
balsamic vinegar (optional)
freshly ground black pepper
Layer tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, and basil leaves. (I did 2 layers.)
Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. (May use only olive oil if preferred.)
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve as a starter dish, side dish, or main vegetarian dish.