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Close up photo of a caprese salad, slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella topped with balsamic, pepper and basil.
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3.34 from 9 votes

Easy Caprese Salad

This easy caprese salad layers juicy tomato slices with fresh mozzarella and basil. It's lovely paired with crusty bread for an appetizer or grilled protein for a meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caprese salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 184kcal


  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese ball sliced
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes thinly sliced
  • fresh basil about 20 leaves
  • fresh ground pepper
  • sea salt
  • high quality olive oil for drizzling
  • aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction for drizzling


  • On a plate or serving dish arrange fresh mozzarella and tomato slices in alternating layers. Add a basil leaf between each layer. Chop remaining basil and sprinkle on top. Season with fresh ground pepper and sea salt.
  • Drizzle on a high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction. Serve immediately or cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Caprese salad is best served fresh, but it will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.



  • Optional toppings to spruce up caprese salad: dried Italian seasoning, fresh parsley, capers, crushed red pepper, roasted garlic and/or roasted red peppers


Serving: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 329mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g