Quick & Easy Recipe: Caprese Salad… Nothing could taste fresher!

Caprese Salad

My basil plant is growing like a weed. It is absolutely gorgeous… I bought an heirloom tomato the other day and it smelled heavenly! My first thought… CAPRESE SALAD! I mean what could be any fresher tasting as well as quick and easy to throw together?


Good tomato (or tomatoes)

Fresh mozzarella cheese (it’s in a ball, slice it into nice slices)

Fresh Basil (MUST. BE. FRESH!)

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Find a good tomato (this one was rather large), and slice it (not too thin). You can lay a slice of tomato, then a slice of FRESH mozzarella cheese (if it’s not the softer fresh mozzarella the results will not be the same, I speak from experience!) and a basil leaf, or you can stack several basil leaves together, roll them up and snip them into small pieces (as I did, above). It tastes the same either way. Now drizzle the tomatoes and cheese with olive oil, and a light sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Note: I made this recipe ahead one day… popped it in the fridge… took it out when dinner was ready and the olive oil had congealed (eek), so if you make it ahead, just take it out of the fridge a few minutes before serving so the olive oil has a chance to come alive!

The other night we had boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, and this caprese salad… too good!

This is also fabulous on a good bakery baguette… nothing fresher, we used to get this at Dean & Deluca – oh, what memories!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

9 thoughts on “Quick & Easy Recipe: Caprese Salad… Nothing could taste fresher!

  1. jennifer lea


    jennifer lea dulin po box 313 lakeville, CT. 06039

    ~ we are put on earth, a little space, to learn to bear the beams of love ~

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    1. GREAT idea Susan! Nothing better than melted cheese, hee hee… we used to have it cold and that was delicious, but warm would be a treat as well! I must try this! Have a good day…


  2. This is a staple on my summer table….also try fresh tomato and cucumber salad;slice the tomatoes and cucumbers in small pieces, add sliced onion, basil chiffonade, crushed garlic to taste, salt and pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Great for dunking crunchy French Bread…so delish…even good the next day!


    1. Oh. My. Goodness. That sounds divine! I just wrote it down… on my list to make this week! Thanks for the tip Deb! This is the best part of summer… fresh veggies, tomatoes, herbs – everything just tastes so good… we often just have boiled shrimp and an assortment of sides like this. Thanks so much!!


  3. Bobo

    Hi Barbara,
    I expect you to make this the next time you visit! I have had a similar salad in a restraunt but have not been able to duplicate it !

    Love Dad


    1. Hey! It’s SUPER easy… the trick is that all ingredients must be fresh… including the mozzarella (soft), I know you can get it at Nino’s… slice a garden tomato (when they’re ready), some basil and drizzle olive oil and a tiny sprinkle of salt. Next time I visit when you have those wonderful tomatoes in the garden IT’S A DEAL… this is whipped up in no time! 🙂


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