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Summer Time Tomato Recipes - Caprese Salad

Updated on August 7, 2011

Best Tomato Appetizer

One of the things I love the most about the summer are fresh tomatoes. On a hot summer day there is nothing like biting into a nice juicy tomato that you just picked from your garden. One of my favorite tomato recipes is Caprese Salad. I could eat this simple dish of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella with breakfast, lunch and dinner and never get sick of it. You don't even have to eat it as an appetizer, you can enjoy it as a light and healthy snack between meals.

A delicious Caprese Salad makes a great appetizer for any meal or enjoy it anytime as a healthy snack.
A delicious Caprese Salad makes a great appetizer for any meal or enjoy it anytime as a healthy snack.
Everything you need to make Caprese Salad
Everything you need to make Caprese Salad

What you will need

Main Ingredients

  • Tomato
  • Basil
  • Mozzarella

Additional Ingredients (Optional)

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar

The fresher the ingredients the better. If you have a bottle of good balsamic vinegar, you know the one that's been siting in the pantry because it was so expensive you don't want to waste it, this is a dish to use it on. The same goes for the salt, plain table salt works fine, but if you have a nice course salt use that instead.

One layer of a Caprese Salad
One layer of a Caprese Salad

Making Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad if simple to make and can easily be made in 5 minutes.

  1. Slice your tomato and Mozzarella into quarter inch thick slices.
  2. Layer your Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella. Start with a slice of tomato on one side of your plate, then add one basil leaf and place your mozzarella on top. Stagger each layer across your plate until you have run out of slices of tomato.
  3. Finish the Caprese Salad by drizzling some Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar on top.
  4. Enjoy the spoils of your not so hard work!

Tip: If you are using salt make sure you salt just the tomatoes and not the mozzarella. You can do this by salting all of the tomato slices together before layering or sprinkling salt over each tomato slice as you place it.

Be Creative

Don't be afraid to bend the rules and do your own thing. Visually instead of spreading the layers across the plate you can stack them up. You can also add your own touch to the ingredients and add your favorite ingredients.

For the non-vegetarian meat eater who that just can't stand to eat anything that Top it off with a little prosciutto or shred some bacon to make your your own bacon bits.

Caprese Salad stacked up with Prosciutto on top
Caprese Salad stacked up with Prosciutto on top


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      7 years ago

      I love caprese salad. Nice hub and pictures.

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      7 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thanks, glad you like it!

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      Mike Teddleton 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Great stuff, voted up, useful shared on facebook and bookmarked. enjoy your tomato harvest. yummy yummy good stuff. Mike

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sounds yummy, some of my tomatoes are almost ready, so I will certainly give it a go!

    • aperturering profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thanks! My tomatoes have been growing like weeds. I plan on adding some more hubs on tomato recipes soon.

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      7 years ago

      This looks scrumptious! Thanks for the great idea, my tomato plants have only had a few so far but I planted them a little late. Will have to bookmark for later, thanks for sharing. voted up, useful and awesome...

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      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I can taste it already...nothing better than garden fresh tomoatoes done this way! Voted up and useful!


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