Enjoy the classic Caprese Salad, a mozzarella, tomato and basil salad that has been gently seasoned with a drizzle of fruity olive oil and a good dash of freshly ground black pepper and salt.
One of the best, easiest and tastiest salads ever, the classic Caprese Salad. It takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare and arrange this colorful salad, and you can make it as pretty as you like. My preference is to use a mixture of heirloom tomatoes or the vine ripe variety and then I cut some in wedges, roughly chopped and also slices.
A little FYI:
For the mozzarella cheese, make sure you buy the fresh mozzarella balls (or log shaped) and not the block or already shredded cheese (save that for your pasta). The fresh cheese can be found in the deli selection of cheese, sometimes it’s in the shape of log, a “tomato” size ball or mini-sized balls that might be packed in water.
I remember the first time I enjoyed this salad, I was at a friends house for a light lunch, sitting outside on her porch overlooking a beautiful stream during the onset of spring. The trees where budding, the birds where fluttering by and the sun was keeping us warm in the cool breeze. It was a lovely day and made even more amazing when she introduced me to this salad.
A glorious day for a fabulous lunch.
- 2 - 3 heirloom or vine-ripe Tomatoes, sliced and/or chopped
- 4 - 8 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced or torn into pieces
- Handful of fresh Basil, leaves picked and kept whole or chopped
- Olive Oil, for drizzling
- Sea Salt, to taste
- Black Pepper, to taste
- Slice and/or chop the Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese. Pick the leaves, keeping some whole and some roughly chopped.
- On a serving platter, plate or board, arrange the Tomatoes with slices or pieces of Mozzarella, lightly drizzle with Olive Oil and season to taste with Salt and Pepper.
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.