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The Best Recipe for Caprese Salad

Are you looking for ways to use your garden tomatoes? Wait until you see how easy this recipe for caprese salad is to make!

One of the best parts about summer is harvesting homegrown tomatoes.

Do you grow tomatoes in your garden too?

I’m always looking for ways to use my homegrown tomatoes and fresh garden basil.

Even if you don’t have an herb and vegetable garden, you will love this recipe for caprese salad!

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How to Make the Best Recipe for Caprese Salad

For starters, using the freshest ingredients is best if you can find them.

As much as I make this dish year-round, I make it more often during summer because fresh tomatoes are readily available.

Whether you purchase from the farmer’s market or grow them at home, there’s nothing quite like a fresh tomato.

I love making salsas with them.

Enjoy making fresh tomato sauce.

Someday, I’d like to be better about canning them.

But my all-time favorite thing to make is caprese salad.

It’s so quick and easy to make.

Plus it is SO GOOD!

Homegrown Tomatoes

And it’s one of my favorite go-to summer dishes because I have lots of tomatoes and fresh basil growing in the garden.

Speaking of which, my tomato harvest this year has been great!

I have so many tomatoes I don’t know what to do with them all!

There are a few different ways to play around with this recipe for caprese salad.

The Best Recipe for Caprese Salad

I prefer spiraling it with sliced fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, but using cherry tomatoes and cigliene mozzarella works just as well.

You can easily toss this dish over a salad.

And sometimes, I grill or bake chicken breast and top it off with caprese salad.

There’s so many ways you can use this dish!

The Best Recipe for Caprese Salad

And if I’m really feeling ambitious, I’ll make a balsamic glaze instead of the dressing (see notes in the recipe).

Wait until you try it!

The Best Recipe for Caprese Salad

And by the way, if you don’t have THIS salad dressing shaker, trust me, you need it!

It’s so easy to dump all the ingredients in and give it a quick shake before drizzling on a salad.

Plus, I love tripling salad dressings so I can store the leftovers in the refrigerator.

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The Best Recipe for Caprese Salad

Stacy Ling
Are you looking for ways to use fresh tomatoes and basil? Wait until you try this recipe for the caprese salad.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 239 kcal


  • 16 oz Fresh Mozzarella sliced thin
  • 2-3 Fresh Ripened Tomatoes sliced thin
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Basil sliced thin
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/8 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Clove Fresh Garlic Minced
  • 1 Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 1 Pinch Fresh Ground Black Pepper


  • Slice both the fresh mozzarella and tomatoes thin (roughly the same size).
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  • Mince garlic.
  • Combine extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Mix well.
  • Layer mozzarella and tomato slices
  • Drizzle with dressing
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Top with thin sliced basil.


• You can swap out cigliene mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes
• Consider doubling or tripling the dressing to save for another dish.
• If you prefer a balsamic glaze to a dressing, heat 2 cups of balsamic vinegar of medium heat until it reduces and gets thick but can still be poured.


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 13gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 363mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 639IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 291mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Basil Recipes, Caprese Salad, Recipe for Caprese Salad, Tomato Recipes
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  2. 4 stars
    I do this recipe quite often since we live in the best agricultural area for beautiful, meaty, large tomatoes. I grow our own basil. And olive are grown in abundance around here. And many produce some of BEST Balsamic Vinegar too.
    I do add to this recipe some finely chopped red Stockton Sweet onions scattered on top. They are delicious & add to the overall taste of the Caprese.