Because this salad is so simple, fresh, top-quality tomatoes and mozzarella are important.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • On a large platter, alternate and overlap the tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

311 calories; protein 17.9g 36% DV; carbohydrates 6.6g 2% DV; fat 23.9g 37% DV; cholesterol 59.8mg 20% DV; sodium 627.3mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2005
I've been making this salad for years. However, us Sicilians make it a little different. Also, another trick is to use fresh bocconcini (the smaller fresh moz. balls) and to use very fresh Roma (chopped) tomatoes or cherry/plum tomatoes. I add a lot of balsamic dressing with only a splash of olive oil (plus at least 3-4 cloves of fresh chopped garlic). Mix together and let the flavors marinate together (it tastes delicious when the balsamic vinegar and garlic flavors soak into the cheese). Just a little Sicilian twist to the caprese salad. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/01/2010
We made this and it was okay. It was very easy to make but didn't knock my socks off. Make sure when you make this you have really excellent ingredients otherwise it will come out mediocre. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2005
I've been making this salad for years. However, us Sicilians make it a little different. Also, another trick is to use fresh bocconcini (the smaller fresh moz. balls) and to use very fresh Roma (chopped) tomatoes or cherry/plum tomatoes. I add a lot of balsamic dressing with only a splash of olive oil (plus at least 3-4 cloves of fresh chopped garlic). Mix together and let the flavors marinate together (it tastes delicious when the balsamic vinegar and garlic flavors soak into the cheese). Just a little Sicilian twist to the caprese salad. Read More
(1266)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2004
My fiance and I ate this nearly every day when we were in Italy. The submitter isn't lying - top-quality ingredients are essential. Use tomatoes on the vine not beefsteaks. If at all possible use Buffalo mozzerrella it is absolutely UNBELIEVABLY moist and delicious and tastes nothing like the over-processed variety (if you live in the mid-Atlantic Wegman's has it). I personally like to drizzle a little good Balsamic on at the end and sometimes sprinkle some kosher salt on top. Mmmmmmmm...... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2008
This is a traditional Italian favorite in our family which is at its best in summer with juicy flavorful red-ripe Roma tomatoes and bright crisp fresh basil. Simple and just plain delicious even with nothing more than a good crusty bread! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2011
It doesn't get much better or much simpler that this - it's absolutely delicious! It's so fresh and so good I could have eaten just this for dinner with a side a crusty Italian bread. It make a beautiful presentation on a platter. A definite crowd pleaser! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2006
I love this salad. I use only the freshest mozzerella and drizzle 2/1 ratio of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
Caprese is also great on lightly toasted italian hard rolls. Simply drizzle your roll with EVOO and toast lightly. Then layer with cheese tomatoe fresh basil salt and pepper. You can also drizzle more EVOO and balsamic vinegar for a stronger taste. Try it with a twist and add a layer of sun-dried tomotoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2004
Very good! I added sliced black olives to mine. I also added balsamic vinegar (same amount as oil). The only thing I would change is to maybe let the cheese sit in the oil vinegar basil mixture a little bit to soak up some of the flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
I used a mozzarella cheese that was rolled in red pepper and sundried tomatoes currently sold at Wegman's grocery stores. It was much more flavorful than using plain mozzarella. I also used fresh basil rolled and chopped and then sprinkled a dash or so of balsamic vineger along with the olive oil. After salt and peppering the alternatly sliced tomatoes and cheese I would let it marinate and soak up the flavors for full effect. My husband loves this recipe and its so easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
My husband and I could eat this everyday during the summer. Try chiffonading the basil (slivering) and splash with some balsamic vinegar. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/01/2010
We made this and it was okay. It was very easy to make but didn't knock my socks off. Make sure when you make this you have really excellent ingredients otherwise it will come out mediocre. Read More
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