This Easy Caprese Salad is an easy, fresh summer classic! Juicy sliced tomatoes and creamy mozzarella seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, fresh basil, and salt. Don’t forget the extra drizzle of balsamic glaze!
Tomorrow is the 4th of July! How the HECK did that happen?!
If you’re totally unprepared for the food festivities, have no fear, because this easy caprese salad is where it’s at.
It’s the PERFECT last minute dish. It’s easy. It’s classic. And oh yeah, it’s TOTALLY delicious.
When I think of fresh summer foods, THIS is exactly what I want to be eating.
The only thing that would make this better is if I could be at the pool with a glass of sparkling rosé in my hand 😉
You can’t have it all, so for now, just gimme all the caprese salad please!
What kind of cheese is in a caprese salad?
Fresh mozzarella. Splurge for the good stuff. It’s worth it. Trust me. 🙂
What dressing do you put on a caprese salad?
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Fresh basil
How do you make a caprese salad?
Whisk together the dressing ingredients above and toss with sliced juicy tomatoes and sliced creamy mozzarella.
PS – Today, I chose to gently mince my basil and whisking it together with the dressing, because I’m not a fan of having to tear whole basil leaves with my teeth.
If you can, let this mixture sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to “marinate”, then serve with a drizzle of good quality balsamic glaze.
Are balsamic glaze and balsamic reduction the same thing?
Yep! I LOVE using this store bought balsamic glaze to drizzle on top of the caprese salad. I’ve never had trouble finding it in stores.
But what if you want to make your own?
How do you make a balsamic reduction?
That being said, if you’d like to make your own balsamic reduction/glaze, all you really need to do is pour balsamic vinegar into a saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the vinegar has reduced down and can coat the back of a spoon.
But I still personally love just having this balsamic glaze on hand. 😉
You guys. This caprese salad is literally the easiest recipe you’ll make this summer.
It’s perfect for a quick and elegant appetizer for friends, an easy working lunch, or even an ultra light dinner.
It’s just perfect, ok?! 😉
Quick, fresh, and PACKED with flavor . . . hellloooo creamy mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and balsamic <3
I hope you all love this easy caprese salad as much as I do!
Happy *summer* eating!
What other classic summer dishes should I make? Show Me the Yummy!
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
- 1 (10 oz) tomato sliced (about 1 large)
- 1 (4 oz) ball fresh mozzarella sliced
- Balsamic glaze for drizzling
Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, and salt in a bowl.
Add in sliced tomatoes and mozzarella.
Optional: place in fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.
Place onto a plate (see photos or video for visuals) and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
*Nutritional information does not include the drizzle of balsamic glaze.
**Serving says for 2, but really depends on the meal. I could eat the whole recipe for a really light dinner, but you could also stretch this to serve 3-4 if you're serving this as a light dish with other appetizers.
**This can easily be doubled, tripled, etc.
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