Salads | May 26, 2018

Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is one of the most popular, craved and loved salad out there! How can you not love it. Garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. Add some sea salt and any other additional salts you desire and its perfecto.

overhead shot of caprese salad with wooden spoon.

We have restaurant here in southern California that is rather popular, Roma Cucina. Even on a Tuesday night  the line to get in was out the door. One of my favorite things to order there is their cypress salad. It’s so simple, but so delicious and bursting with flavor.

caprese salad recipe in white bowl

Since it is such a simple salad with so few ingredients it really all is about having the very best ingredients. Here are some tips and some of my favorites.

caprese salad ingredients; small tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella


Fresh Mozzarella for LIFE people.

FRESH mozzarella. ALWAYS fresh. You can find it by the specialty cheese. Sometimes it is by the regular cheese, but typically look at the specialty cheese section by the deli meats. The difference is fresh mozzarella is softer and usually stored in a little bit of liquid. You can find it in plastic containers or vacuum sealed.

There are a few different types of fresh mozzarella and all are acceptable.

  1. fresh mozzarella pearls. They’re smaller than normal mozzarella balls. They are what is picture above.
  2. mozzarella balls. These are larger balls of mozzarella. I like to usually cut them in half when making this salad to make them go father.
  3. Sliced mozzarella log. Dice up the log in to cubs and toss it with the other ingredients.

Fresh Basil

Dont even think about dried basil. I suggest purchasing a whole plant or if you are near a trader joes they carry a large pack of fresh basil! (as pictured below!) its full of big beautiful basil leave and its priced totally reasonable.

garlic powder, salt, grape glaze in a bottle, basil in its packaging with tomatoes around the ingredients

Ripe Tomatoes and Sea Salt

Of course you need to use the best tomatoes. I recommend tomatoes from the garden, or vine ripened. Also use a delicious sea salt!

close up of caprese salad in white bowl with grape glaze drizzled on white bowl

Toss the ingredients in a little bit of olive oil, sea salt and maybe even some garlic salt. Serve it up chilled and it will be devoured instantly! It’s the best side, appetizer or meal all by itself.

5 from 1 vote
Caprese Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: caprese salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 56 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 pint of cherry sized tomatoes can use a couple of varieties
  • 10-15 basil leaves
  • 2 container of Fresh Mozzarella fresh cherry sized fresh mozzarella balls
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 sea salt
  • more salt and pepper to taste
  1. Halve cherry tomatoes
  2. Mince basil
  3. Drain mozzarella
  4. In a bowl mix all ingredients together
  5. Allow salad to sit and flavors to marry. Stir occasionally.
  6. Refrigerate if not serving within 15 min.
Nutrition Facts
Caprese Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 236mg10%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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