Saturday, May 26, 2012

Caprese Salad for One

Caprese salad is probably one of my all-time favorite things to order in a restaurant.  Fresh juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, spicy basil and sweet balsamic are an amazing flavor combination, and I think it makes the most beautiful portion-perfect salad.

Despite it being a favorite of mine and a simple dish, I’ve actually never made it at home before.  So when Hubs said we needed to start trimming the new basil plant, I thought it sounded like a great time to try something new and make my own caprese salad!

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I picked up the tomatoes and mozzarella from Kroger.  I decided to try a new tomato variety I’d read about in their ad, the Tasti-Lees.  They’re fully vine ripened and apparently have up to 50% more lycopene than regular tomatoes.  Healthier or not, they’re definitely tasty!  I also was a big fan of the cheese - it was not too watery, so the texture stood up well to the tomatoes.

I topped off the salad with premade balsamic glaze, although you could make your own very easily by boiling down balsamic vinegar until it thickens. 

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Caprese Salad for One

Serves 1


  • 3 slices ripe tomato
  • 2 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 6-8 basil leaves
  • balsamic glaze
  • salt & pepper


Stack the tomato slices, mozzarella and basil alternately in that order, adding salt and pepper to taste to the tomato layers.  Finish with a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze and more chopped basil.  Serve immediately.

I absolutely loved this salad!  It was the perfect way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend.  With all the tomato and basil bounty is just beginning, I know it’ll be on our table a lot this summer!

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  1. I remember vividly the caprese salad I had sitting in a sidewalk cafe in Bad Homburg just before leaving Germany for good. Mmmmmmmmmmm..........

  2. Yay for happy caprese memories! Mine is the caprese salad we had nearly every night in Costa Rica on our honeymoon - first and last time Kory eagerly ate raw tomatoes :-)

  3. YUM!! I seriously LOVE that HT balsamic glaze! One bottle lasts me and the hubby like a year! Sometime this summer you'll have to try doing exactly what you did here, but then baking it for a little bit. Mmmmm...ALSO I didn't comment on the crepe post but man I am jealous!!

    1. Yea I think that bottle is probably close to a year old too! Thanks for the tip on baking it for a bit, I would never have thought to try that but I can just imagine how good it would be to get the mozzarella a little oozy...

      The crepes were great, but definitely an adventure! You wouldn't have been jealous if I'd posted a picture of what my kitchen looked like afterward :-)


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