Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil drizzled with a sweet balsamic reduction and olive oil. Easy, impressive and delicious! Most grocery stores now sell prepared balsamic reductions. Surprisingly it's just as good!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir balsamic vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the vinegar mixture has reduced to 1/3 cup, about 10 minutes. Set the balsamic reduction aside to cool.

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  • Arrange alternate slices of tomato and mozzarella cheese decoratively on a serving platter. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper, spread fresh basil leaves over the salad, and drizzle with olive oil and the balsamic reduction.

Nutrition Facts

580.1 calories; 22 g protein; 34.8 g carbohydrates; 89.3 mg cholesterol; 330.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2012
YUM! I only had grape tomatoes and small fresh mozzarella balls so I went w/ it. The flavors were wonderful and the basalmic reduction really added something special to this...so light and refreshing! I will def be making this again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/28/2013
Balsamic reduction was entirely too sweet for my taste otherwise the recipe is delicious and simple. Next time I will start with 1 Tablespoon of honey and adjust accordingly. Fresh quality ingredients are key and the finished dish makes a nice presentation. Ideal dish for fresh garden tomatoes and homegrown basil. I like to add Kalamata olives and steamed asparagus spears. (recipe made for RECIPE GROUP ). Read More
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185 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 143
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2012
YUM! I only had grape tomatoes and small fresh mozzarella balls so I went w/ it. The flavors were wonderful and the basalmic reduction really added something special to this...so light and refreshing! I will def be making this again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2014
First time I tried this, it wouldn't reduce to 1/3 cup even after simmering for 30 minutes. When it cooled off it was very gluey in consistency. Tried again, and followed directions exactly (simmered 10 mins), and after it cooled it was the PERFECT consistency. It does NOT reduce down much so I only make about 1/2 the recipe, but it makes a delicious caprese and is SUPER EASY. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2012
This recipe was excellent. Now that I know how easy it is to make a Balsamic Reduction, I will be making it more often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2012
Easy yummy loved by all. What else is there to say? Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/28/2013
Balsamic reduction was entirely too sweet for my taste otherwise the recipe is delicious and simple. Next time I will start with 1 Tablespoon of honey and adjust accordingly. Fresh quality ingredients are key and the finished dish makes a nice presentation. Ideal dish for fresh garden tomatoes and homegrown basil. I like to add Kalamata olives and steamed asparagus spears. (recipe made for RECIPE GROUP ). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2015
Good recipe, but was a little shocked that it calls for 1 cup of balsamic vinegar. And then adding honey on top of that? They must be using a really cheap, watery balsamic. I would recommend investing in a really good balsamic, only using about 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup and reducing it a little with NO honey. A good balsamic will be sweet enough and rich enough on it's own. It's better to just reduce it a little in order to thicken it so that it sticks to the tomatoes and mozzarella. Wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2013
First timer on the balsamic reduction. It took longer for the "reduction" part than 10 minutes for me. I was afraid I'd ruined it. But it tasted marvelous. My son and husband loved the salad and the reduction. I'll be doing this once a week until summer ends. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2014
Excellent recipe will make again. I made a salad with the ingredients by simply tossing them together about 30 mins before dinner. I got rave reviews from our company. Very fresh tasting. One thing I didn't realize was how strong the kitchen smelled of vinegar while making the reduction. It made eyes water. If you can open a window while making it or cook it well before company comes so you can air out the room. Just a side note but it is very tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2017
Nothing screams summer to me more than a nice caprese salad! I cut back the balsamic to about 1/4 cup and just added about 1 tablespoon of honey. Even after reduced slightly it was more than enough for a light drizzle. Perfect! UPDATE: When you work at home you can play with your lunch! I am getting into the Valentine's Day groove and used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the tomatoes and the mozzarella! Fun and "lovely" to eat! Read More
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