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How to Make Caprese Salad at Home

How to Make Caprese Salad at Home

Last Updated on 15th August 2022 by Pauline Loughlin

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.

What other ingredients can you add to a Caprese salad?

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.

Easy Caprese Salad
Yield: 4

My Fresh and Easy Caprese Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This classic salad is so easy to make but adds a unique set of flavours to the table, great as a main meal or a side dish or just to have a large bowl on the table during dinner parties.


  • 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


  1. Slice tomatoes and mozzarella to the same thickness, whatever size you prefer is fine. I like mine fairly thick.
  2. Roll basil leaves into a log and slice into long, thin strips (called chiffonade), or leave them whole if you prefer.
  3. Alternate tomato and mozzarella slices in a circular pattern on your plate.
  4. Squeeze juice of one or two lemons, depending on how tart you’d like the flavor to be, over the tomatoes and mozzarella.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Lightly pour a little olive oil over the top, but be careful not to drown it. A light drizzle is fine.
  7. 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!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 369mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Caprese Salads

How healthy is a Caprese salad?

Due. to the large amounts of mozzarella contained in this dish it isn’t the healthiest option with relatively high fat content at 14g

What goes with a Caprese salad?

Tomatoes, onion, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and basil are the staple ingredients of a Caprese salad

Which tomatoes are best for Caprese?

Large salad tomatoes or fresh vine tomatoes work best with a Caprese salad.

What can I substitute for basil in Caprese salad?

You can substitute the basil in a Caprese salad with mint, tarragon or oregano.

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