Italian Caprese Tomato Salad

Italian Caprese Tomato Salad
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The Easiest and Most Delicious Tomato Salad EVER!

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3-ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

When the temps reach 90+ degrees, my dinner ambitions quickly go out the window.  The idea of turning on the oven, or even heating up the outdoor gas grill is less than appealing.  I tend to gravitate to salads like my Italian Chopped Salad that are substantial enough on their own, but light enough for a simple summer meal.  This Italian Caprese Tomato Salad definitely fits into this category and is the perfect summer salad to enjoy any time the mood strikes.

The best part of this salad is that it’s incredibly simple to make.  Since it’s just 6 ingredients, it comes together in moments, making for a fantastic no-fuss side dish or even meal on its own.  Here are the simple steps to making this fantastic tomato salad:

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

Step 1: Rinse and Slice Tomatoes

When selecting the tomatoes for this salad, you can go just about any direction you like.  I chose some gorgeous tri-color cherry tomatoes, that were incredibly sweet and added some fantastic color.  However, heirloom, plum, Roma or Campari are also delicious varieties that are great in this salad.

When cutting the tomatoes, halve or quarter the tomatoes. For larger tomatoes (like heirloom) simply cut into smaller wedges.

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

Step 2: Add Mozzarella and Basil

For this tomato salad, I chose the small “pearl” sized mozzarella that can be found in most grocery stores.  However, if the pearls are not available, you can use a ball of fresh mozzarella and cut into bite-sized pieces.

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

For the basil, add about 6-8 medium leaves that have been sliced or torn into small pieces.  I personally LOVE the taste and peppery aroma of basil, so I add quite a bit.  Feel free to add the amount of basil that best suits your taste.

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

Step 3: Add the Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

This dressing is comes together in about 30 seconds – literally!  It consists of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and ground pepper.  To a small dish or measuring cup, pour in the olive oil, vinegar, and pepper and whisk.  Occasionally, I’ll also add a few grinds of salt or some minced garlic to the dressing, but it’s certainly just an option.

After whisking the dressing together, pour over the tomatoes, cheese and basil and gently toss to coat.

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

That’s it – just 3 salad ingredients and 3 dressing ingredients and you’ll have the most wonderful tomato salad.  I’m tellin’ ya – this salad not only screams “easy-no-fuss-summer-meal” it also makes for an incredible side dish.  We love enjoying this caprese salad with grilled steak, chicken, or pork chops and is great with your next pasta meal.

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

The next time you’re at the farmers market or grocery store, be sure to pick up some of the summer’s best tomatoes and basil.  Those red, orange and golden tomatoes are loaded with flavor.  When paired with fresh, fragrant basil and mozzarella you’ll quickly discover a new summer favorite!

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

Here’s a quick-reference shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need to make this simple tomato salad:

  • Cherry Tomatoes – 2 pints, any color or assortment
  • Fresh Mozzarella – “pear” size, if not available you can use any size of fresh mozzarella available
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Pepper

Here’s the simple, easy and completely delicious recipe for this fantastic Italian Caprese Tomato Salad:

Yields 6 servings

Italian Caprese Tomato Salad

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3-ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 pints (about 24 oz.) Cherry Tomatoes, any color or assortment
  • 1 (8 oz.) container, fresh mozzarella "pearls"
  • 6-8 basil leaves, sliced or torn
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • fresh ground pepper (4-6 grinds)

Instructions

  1. Slice all of the tomatoes in half, for larger tomatoes, slice into quarters. Add tomatoes into large mixing bowl. Drain the mozzarella of any liquid, and add the cheese to the tomatoes. Slice or tear the basil leaves and add to the tomatoes and cheese.
  2. In a small bowl, add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pepper. Whisk to combine and pour over the salad. Gently toss the salad to coat all the ingredients.
  3. Serve right away. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.
Cuisine: Italian-American | Recipe Type: Side Dish

Notes

If you cannot find a container of mozzarella "pearls" you can use whatever size mozzarella you can find and cut into small bite-sized pieces.

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Comments

  1. Where did you find the tiny balls of fresh mozzarella? The salad looks great! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner link up!
  2. I could make a meal of this with some crusty bread. YUM!!! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? Hope to see you again next week! Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda
  3. Congratulations ! Your recipe in on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate. Have a fantastic week and come back to see us soon. Miz Helen

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