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Fresh and Easy Caprese Salad Recipe

Caprese salad, known as insalata caprese in Italian, is a fresh tomato salad with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and other ingredients. There are tons of variations of this delicious dish, but I prefer to keep mine light and simple.

Some recipes add ingredients like balsamic vinegar, but I feel this tends to overpower the fresh flavour of the tomatoes and the delicate taste of the cheese. Instead, I just use lemon juice with a little extra virgin olive oil. The lemon enhances the flavours of the other ingredients instead over masking them.

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Be sure you’re using fresh mozzarella and not the firm slightly yellow version you might shred to use for pizza or lasagna. Fresh mozzarella has a delicate flavour and softer texture. You can find it sold in logs or balls. Either one works fine, but I find the logs easier to slice. Sometimes you can even find the logs pre-sliced

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My Fresh and Easy Caprese Salad Recipe


  • 3 medium sized fresh tomatoes
  • 8 -oz log fresh mozzarella
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 lemons
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Slice tomatoes and mozzarella to the same thickness, whatever size you prefer is fine. I like mine fairly thick.
  • Roll basil leaves into a log and slice into long, thin strips (called chiffonade), or leave them whole if you prefer.
  • Alternate tomato and mozzarella slices in a circular pattern on your plate.
  • Squeeze juice of one or two lemons, depending on how tart you’d like the flavor to be, over the tomatoes and mozzarella.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Lightly pour a little olive oil over the top, but be careful not to drown it. A light drizzle is fine.
  • Spread basil leaves or chiffonade evenly over the top and serve.


This will serve about 4 people as an appetizer or side dish, or 2 people if you really love it. My husband and I easily eat a whole plate full between the two of us! It is so good and so healthy, so enjoy!
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Written by Pauline

I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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