This classic Italian Caprese Salad Recipe is made with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and tossed with olive oil, and drizzled with Balsamic Glaze.

Serve the Caprese salad as a side salad or as a main entree with toasted Crostini

Ingredients for caprese salad in a plate with a balsamic drizzle.

WHAT IS A CAPRESE SALAD?

The authentic Caprese Salad originates from Italy and officially first went on a menu in Hotel Quisisana. The salad is made with sliced fresh tomatoes, freshly sliced mozzarella cheese, fresh basil then drizzled with oil and a balsamic glaze. We love to add garlic and seasoning to the oil for added flavor.

CAPRESE SALAD INGREDIENTS-

These ingredients make up a traditional Caprese salad recipe.

  • Tomatoes– The tomatoes are the key ingredient in the recipe and you want to make sure the tomatoes are fresh and ripe.
  • Mozzarella cheese– You can either use a log of cheese or bocconcini which are small mozzarella cheese balls.
  • Basil– Fresh basil is a must, don’t substitute for dried basil.
  • Balsamic glaze– We used our homemade balsamic glaze, which is just a balsamic vinegar and sugar reduction.
  • Oil– Your favorite olive oil will work. Some like extra-light yet others prefer extra-virgin, we find that a classic olive oil is the best with the remaining flavors.
  • Season– Season with salt, pepper and we add garlic and Italian seasoning to ours.
  • Red onion– We added red onion to our salad but that is totally optional.
  • Romaine– You can serve the salad in mini romaine leaves as boats or just clice the romaine and add it to the salad.
A bowl of tomatoes, red onion, basil and mozzarella cheese.

HOW TO MAKE A CAPRESE SALAD-

Just a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time are all you need for this salad recipe.

  • Cut tomatoes- If using heirloom or a large tomato, you want to slice it thinly or cube the tomatoes. We used cherry tomatoes and just halved the tomatoes.
  • Cheese– Thinly slice or cube the mozzarella cheese. We just kept our cheese balls whole.
  • Romaine– Use mini romaine as a bed to serve the salad in, totally optional.
  • Make dressing– In a bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning.
  • Assemble salad– Add all of the ingredients to a bowl. Drizzle the oil mixture over the ingredients and drizzle balsamic glaze over the salad.
  • Romaine boats– If serving in the romaine lettuce, just add your mixed salad to the salad leaves and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Serving the salad in romaine is such a fun idea for parties and potlucks. The salad always gets compliments and it’s so pretty to serve.
Caprese salad in a white bowl mixed with balsamic glaze.

OTHER SALAD RECIPES-

Classic salad recipes are great not only as a side dish but may be enjoyed as a meal for lunch or dinner. 

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze

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This classic Italian Caprese salad is made with tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil with a balsamic glaze drizzled over the salad.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 oz mini mozzarella cheese, halved
  • 3 Tbsp red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 mini romaine leaves, cut
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • balsamic glaze, to taste

Instructions

  • Finely sliced onions. Cube tomatoes into equal sizes. Chop basil. Cut cheese in half.
  • In a bowl, combine the garlic, oil and Italian seasoning. Add to salad and mix.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 20mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1835IUVitamin C: 10.1mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 0.5mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)