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Classic Tomato Caprese Salad

Want to make a beautiful dish in a hurry and it’s too hot to turn on the stove, let alone think about cooking? This is definitely it! Tomato Caprese is always a cool and refreshing salad during the hottest days of summer when tomatoes are at their peak–ripe and juicy. 

Start with great tomatoes, add some fresh mozzarella, a few basil leaves and a drizzle of good Italian olive oil and you’re in heaven. 

This really is as good as it looks and you can make it in about 5 minutes.
Pick a medley of really good tomatoes. I used a few different varieties from my garden, but if you’re not growing your own, just get some nice ones at your Farmer’s Market.

Cut them into various shapes. I slice some and cut some in wedges.

Slice fresh mozzarella and pick your basil leaves.

And here’s the secret–arrange everything artfully on the plate. Remember, we eat with our eyes first.

Add salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and you’re done. What could be easier? 

You can actually turn this salad into a meal–a Tomato Caprese sandwich. Slice a loaf of crusty French bread, add the Caprese and you’ve got the perfect summer supper. Pour a glass of Prosecco, dine al fresco and you won’t need another thing! Chin chin! (That’s Italian for Cheers!)

As always, Enjoy!

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Categories: Everything Italian, Soups & Salads

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4 replies

  1. Gosh that really looks great Nancy. But it's been too hot to slice tomatoes, I'll just settle for a glass of crushed ice….

  2. Your comments make my day. Thank you so much!

  3. Are the tomatoes from your garden? Beautiful salad!!

  4. Hi Tara,Yes, those were mine. Thank you so much! Right now I only have San Marzanos and cherry. Something is still eating the ones on my front deck that aren't sheltered. But's been so hot here I have a lot of peppers this year.

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