By Carl Hanson
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Ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and gorgeous green basil go together like summer and sunshine. We always love caprese salad served simply — just a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. But we also like to get creative with caprese ingredients. These top-rated recipes update traditional caprese salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

"A delicious dish inspired by eggs Benedict with mozzarella, tomatoes, and pesto," says Yoojin K.

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"The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella," says thedailygourmet. "If you use the brick style, it will not be the same."

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"Fabulous!" says Jillian. "If you love caprese salad, then you'll love this sandwich."

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"Zucchini cooked with basil and tomatoes is delicious as a side dish or on its own as a healthy meal," says Patrice Ramsay. "Goes great with grilled chicken."

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"I love caprese salad, and I'm always trying to find new ways to make chicken dishes and eat a bit healthier," says Dana Andreucci Johnson. "Plus the basil in my garden is growing out of control."

"I am always looking for ways to jazz up the boring burger and came up with this after having a delicious caprese salad," says Sarah Stephan. "Be sure to use fresh basil and the marinated tomatoes are a must!"

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"This is a great, easy finger appetizer," says ALZ. "I came up with it because I love caprese but it was difficult to serve at large parties. Putting the same ingredients on a toothpick yielded great results."

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Top a simple caprese salad with leftover grilled steak. "This is a fresh, healthy, easy-to-make salad with a twist," says cookinmama.

"Traditional Italian caprese salad on lightly-toasted bread," says hamalpn. "It makes a quick and easy supper -- or appetizer. Fresh ingredients are key to this recipe."

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"Wow this salad is almost like a dessert!" raves murry853. "The sweetness of the peach and the tang of tomato really blend so well. The basil adds an additional layer of flavor and is always delicious with peaches."

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