15 Creative Takes on Caprese Salad to Enjoy All Summer
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.
Poached Eggs Caprese
"A delicious dish inspired by eggs Benedict with mozzarella, tomatoes, and pesto," says Yoojin K.
Toasted Caprese Sandwich
"Fabulous!" says Jillian. "If you love caprese salad, then you'll love this sandwich."
"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."
"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!"
Caprese on a Stick
"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."
Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak
Top a simple caprese salad with leftover grilled steak. "This is a fresh, healthy, easy-to-make salad with a twist," says cookinmama.
Caprese on Toast
"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."
Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad
"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."
"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."
Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad
"The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella," says thedailygourmet. "If you use the brick style, it will not be the same."
Zoodle Caprese Salad
"That fresh basil and the peppery arugula are an excellent combo for a salad. The zucchini gives it a little crunch. The fresh mozzarella lends some creaminess, and the balsamic gives it some tang." — lutzflcat
"A very tasty quiche," Nici says. "The caramelized onions are so good in this!"
Grilled Shrimp Caprese
"The shrimp marinade is excellent and could be used alone for any time you want to grill shrimp I did marinate it a couple of hours. The sauce was also good without the mozzarella cheese. Seemed thin, but once the tomatoes and noodles were added it was just right." — *Sherri*
Caprese Pasta Salad
"There are not enough words to describe how good this is. Seriously, it's delicious! The only things I did differently were to use garlic powder in place of minced garlic added in a drop of honey and more balsamic vinegar to the dressing. Perfection!" — Kim
"I just love the summer months and all of the fresh vegetables we have available to us," Cindy Anschutz Barbieri says. "This is a great appetizer needing only a few fresh ingredients!"