This easy caprese salad recipe could not be simpler or tastier. It makes the ideal quick and easy summer appetiser and is perfect as a barbecue side dish too.
I love the combination of tomato, mozzarella and basil. It's such a simple classic combination but so so tasty. Each time I have this easy caprese salad I wonder why I don't make it more often.
Where is Caprese salad from?
Caprese salad is the classic Italian salad from the island of Capri. It was developed by a chef at the hotel Quisisiana in the 1950s and the green, white and red of the ingredients represent the three colours of the Italian flag.
Is this a classic caprese salad?
A classic caprese salad contains just three main ingredients: really ripe juicy tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and buffalo mozzarella. It's usually finished off with a little salt, pepper and olive oil.
I've kept this easy caprese salad plain and simple as it really is so good you don't need to alter it.
Do you put vinegar in a caprese salad?
A classic caprese salad does not contain any vinegar. However, I am not a purist about recipes and believe everyone should adapt them to suit their tastes. If you like vinegar in your caprese salad, go ahead and add a drizzle. White wine vinegar, red wine vinegar or even rice vinegar work. Lots of people like to add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to a caprese salad too.
Can you adapt this easy caprese salad recipe?
You can't take anything away from this caprese salad but you can add extra ingredients. If you want to make it into a main meal you can turn it into a pasta caprese by adding pasta. I often make a spelt and lentil caprese salad and you can try other grains too. I think wild rice works really well with the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.
When to serve caprese salad?
Caprese salad makes a great appetiser. It's also easy to make in advance too which makes it perfect as dinner party appetiser. After all, you don't want to have to spend lots of time preparing food while your guests are there!
It's also a great recipe to serve as part of a tapas or buffet meal along with cold meats and bread.
More Delicious Salads
I love salad recipes and even have a whole recipe collection for main course salad recipes. Do check it out if you're looking for inspiration!
If you like this easy caprese salad but want to make it into a main meal then you might like my spelt and lentil caprese salad. Or if you want more recipes with tomatoes and mozzarella then how about this samphire salad?
You might also like my roasted marinated peppers as they make a great side salad or an addition to one.
Easy Caprese Salad
- 2 vine tomatoes
- 1 Mozzarella ball
- 10 basil leaves
- Pinch salt
- Pinch black pepper
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella.
- Assemble the salad. Top each slice of tomato with a slice of mozzarella and a basil leaf.
- Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil.