Caprese Salad

Tomatoes filled with mozzarella slices and basil leaves make for a beautiful presentation and are easy to serve. Balsamic glaze, which is used to season the salad, is found alongside the balsamic vinegars in many stores. If unavailable, use a well-aged balsamic vinegar.

Photo by kimber m.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:

  • 8

    tomatoes

  • 4

    balls fresh mozzarella cheese, about 3/4 lb.

  • total

  • 32

    fresh basil leaves

  • Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling

  • Balsamic vinegar glaze for drizzling

  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

Place the tomatoes, stem side down, on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, make 4 evenly spaced slits crosswise in each tomato, stopping about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Cut the mozzarella into 32 thin, uniform slices. Working with 1 tomato at a time, insert 1 mozzarella slice and 1 basil leaf into each slit. When ready to serve, place the prepared tomatoes on a platter. Drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic glaze and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Serves 8.

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