Insalata Caprese

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“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” ~Anna Akhmatova


This is our family’s favorite Italian salad. A beautiful, simple, healthy summer dish or first course for a more elaborate Italian meal.

Insalata Caprese

6 ripe Roma tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese sliced 1/4 inch thick

10 large, fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 large garlic cloves

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat olive oil in a skillet. Mince garlic and add to oil. Saute until the garlic turns barely golden. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Assemble salad by alternating the tomatoes, fresh mozarella, and basil leaves in a swirl pattern on a large plate or serving platter. Sprinkle with salt and fresh pepper. Drizzle the olive oil/garlic mixture over. We like to serve this salad with slices of fresh Italian bread that have been lightly buttered and toasted on a skillet. Just pile the salad on the toast. Yum!

For a simple version of this recipe (no chopping necessary) try…

~Easy Breezy Caprese~


fresh ‘pearl’ mozzarella

Italian grape tomatoes

lots of fresh basil

balsamic vinaigrette

unfiltered, extra virgin olive oil

sea salt

fresh ground black pepper

serve with crusty Italian bread




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  4 comments for “Insalata Caprese

  1. Chantelle
    August 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Melissa – thank you for this recipe! It looks and sounds fantastic! I’m so thrilled to see your site back up! Can’t wait to catch up on some older posts I didn’t get the chance to read yet. Keep up the fantastic and inspiring work – all you do is greatly appreciated!

  2. admin
    August 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks so much sweet girl…and thanks so much for being patient while we were ironing out the details. I was having withdrawls too, but the up-side is I grew my fan base by being limited to my fb “mini-blog”… 😉

  3. July 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    LOVE this salad. Just a few ingredients that are meant for each other.

    • Melissa
      July 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      and add garlic until your heart’s content 🙂

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