How To Make a Delicious Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze

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What can be better on a hot summer day than a very easy salad that you can make in 10 minutes from the fresh tomatoes? Even if the salad contains only a few ingredients, it is very nourishing.

Today we will make the famous Caprese Italian salad. It’s very delicious, juicy, full of colors and tastes that will bring our minds to the Mediterranean cuisine or the summer vacation on the beach.

Where Does Caprese Salad Come From?

Caprese salad is an Italian recipe that originated in the 1950s on the Isle of Capri. The original name is “Insalata Caprese,” and it was made up only of cow’s milk mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, oregano and arugula.

It’s the perfect salad for a light dinner or an appetizer when you will have some guests. From these simple ingredients, when you will combine them, you will get an unexpected delicious result.

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Delicious caprese salad with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil pesto.

Ingredients you will need to make a Delicious Caprese Salad:

  • Tomatoes. I used different types of tomatoes to add more flavors and more colors in the plate. If you want, you can use only one type of tomatoes for this recipe.
  • Mozzarella. You can use baby mozzarella or fresh mozzarella. For the true lovers of this type of cheese, I would recommend using buffalo mozzarella. Or, for a different and special taste, you can use the burrata cheese that will change totally this salad.
  • Basil Pesto. You can use the commercial pesto, or if you have the necessary ingredients, you can make your own basil pesto at home.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s very important to use an oil of high quality because in that salad we have only a few ingredients and the taste of every ingredient counts.
  • Balsamic Vinegar Glaze.
  • Optional: Basil for decoration.

How to make a delicious Caprese Salad?

    1. Cut the mozzarella cheese into small slices of 1/4 ″.Mozzarella on a cutting board with yellow and red tomatoes.
    2. Slice the tomatoes into the same way as the mozzarella. Yellow and red tomatoes on a cutting board.
    3. Mix the basil pesto with the olive oil and after that, spread 1/3 of this sauce on the plate.Rounded basil pesto on a plate for caprese salad.
    4. The next step will be to arrange as you want the tomato slices on the plate.Red and yellow tomatoes on a plate for caprese salad.
  1. With another third of the sauce, splash on the tomatoes.Red and yellow tomatoes with basil paste.
  2. Now it’s time to add the mozzarella on the ring. Arrange it above the tomatoes.Yellow and red tomatoes with mozzarella and basil pesto
  3. Splash with the last third of basil sauce above the salad.Caprese salad with mozzarella and fresh tomatoes.
  4. And the last step, splash the salad with a few drops of Balsamic sauce.

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Delicious caprese salad with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil pesto.

A few questions you may have about the Caprese salad:

Is Caprese salad safe during pregnancy?

As a general rule, the unpasteurized dairy is prohibited during the pregnancy because they may contain bacterias that may be harmful to the mother and the baby. So, make sure the mozzarella you use is pasteurized to avoid any risk.

How Long Does Caprese Salad Last?

This is not a salad that allows you to keep it for a long time. Once you cut the tomatoes and put on the dressing on them, it must be eaten.

Can I Make the Caprese Salad Ahead of the Time?

I will not recommend doing that because the tomatoes will leave the juice and they will lose their appearance and taste. Also, it is a recipe that is very easy to prepare, and it would not make much sense to cook ahead of the time.

But, if for some reasons, you have to prepare the Caprese salad ahead of the time, you can replace the regular tomatoes with cherry and leave them uncut.

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How To Make a Delicious Caprese Salad

  • Author: Victoria (Go Cook Yummy)
  • Prep Time: 10 min.
  • Cook Time: 0 min.
  • Total Time: 10 min.
  • Yield: 2 Servings
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 3 medium red tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow tomato
  • 14 oz (400gr) of Mozarella
  • 2 Table Spoons of Basil Pesto
  • 2 Table Spoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tea Spoon of Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  • 34 leaves of Basil for decoration

Instructions

  1. Cut the mozzarella cheese into small slices of 1/4″ .
  2. Slice the tomatoes into the same way as the mozzarella.
  3. Mix the basil pesto with the olive oil and after that, spread 1/3 of this sauce on the plate.
  4. The next step will be to arrange as you want the tomato slices on the plate.
  5. With another third of the sauce, splash on the tomatoes.
  6. Now it’s time to add the mozzarella on the ring. Arrange it above the tomatoes.
  7. Splash with the last third of sauce above the salad.
  8. And the last step, splash the salad with a few drops of Balsamic sauce.

Keywords: Caprese Salad

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