Traditional Caprese Salad Recipe Simple Tomato Mozzarella
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Traditional Caprese Salad Recipe

Traditional Caprese Salad RecipeTraditional Caprese Salad RecipeTraditional Caprese Salad Recipe

This Traditional Caprese salad recipe combines fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, and mozzarella into a tasty combination of flavors. The mozzarella doesn't always have to be buffalo milk mozzarella as most of that comes straight from Italy and is not always the freshest by the time we get it in the United States. We hope that you love this Traditional Caprese Salad Recipe.

There are some really good whole milk mozzarella cheese that you can find now in the US that we frequently use instead of buffalo milk mozzarella.  Cheese is all a matter of personal preference. When I am in Italy, I eat nothing but buffalo milk mozzarella and then at home, I prefer some of the fresher mozzarella cheeses available. This Traditional Caprese Salad Recipe covers all of the bases for the perfect Italian salad.

In the mood for salad? Try some of our other favorite salad recipes:

Pan Seared Crunchy Rice Cakes over Italian Salad  |  Chicken Salad Cucumber Cups  |  Goat Cheese Potato Cakes over Spring Salad 
|  Watermelon, Mango and Feta Cheese Salad

Traditional Caprese Salad Recipe


  • 3 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 4 slices firm buffalo milk mozzarella, cut into rounds
  • 1 large heirloom tomato
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • additional extra virgin olive oil as needed
  • balsamic vinegar, if desired
  • salt as needed
  • pepper as needed

Traditional Caprese Salad RecipeDirections

  1. Mix the first quantity of olive oil with the finely chopped basil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Place the mozzarella in the olive oil mixture and marinate up to 24 hours, gently flipping the mozzarella pieces periodically.
  3. To serve, remove the mozzarella from the marinade and set aside.
  4. Layer the mozzarella, tomato, and basil pieces, with two pieces of basil for every one piece of the other ingredients.
  5. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and top with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

We hope that you are inspired by this Traditional Caprese Salad Recipe. Happy eating!

Traditional Caprese Salad RecipeTraditional Caprese Salad Recipe


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7 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. The salad is healthy and looks tempting. I will try it.

  2. This looks so amazing. I love anything with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. It’s so fresh and spring-like.

  3. I LOVE CAPRESE salads!  They are probably my favorite appetizer that I like to eat. I can’t wait to try this! 

  4. I’m a fan of Caprese Salads 🙂 There’s something about the tomato+mozz combination that is so delicious to me. I wish the guys in my house would like them too!

  5. Ann Bacciaglia

    I have been looking for healthier recipes to try. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make this on the weekend.

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