Easy Caprese Salad

Easy Caprese Salad Recipe This will probably be the shortest post and recipe I’ll ever write here, but it’s pretty fitting for the topic at hand. After all, a Caprese salad is one of THE most simple dishes you can make. It’s a dish that’s so, so simple yet so unbelievably delicious. It’s comprised of just 5 key ingredients: fresh mozzarella, ripe tomato, and fresh basil with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salt. While you can certainly add pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, the most basic Caprese salad is still bursting with flavors that make it anything but basic. If you can find a local or homemade fresh mozzarella, even better – it makes all the difference in the final product.

While the standard Caprese salad uses thick slices of vine-ripe or heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with whole basil leaves, I personally like making a version that reminds me of a gumball machine. Fresh mozzarella balls get tossed with halved (or whole) grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped basil, and extra virgin olive oil to produce a Caprese salad that has a more even distribution of basil (basil in every bite, hurrah!) and can also be easily eaten with just a fork. Regardless of which way you make it, you’re in for a healthy salad that tastes as good as it looks.

Easy Caprese Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 8 oz.

This easy recipe for a Caprese salad makes use of small balls of fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and chopped fresh basil for a fresh salad that's ready in under 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella balls (referred to as Bambini Bocconcini)
  • 8 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half or kept whole
  • 8-12 fresh basil leaves, chopped (depending on how much you like basil!)
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Toss all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

Notes

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see the final product. Tag your photos on Instagram with #moderateindulgence and @indulgenteats so I can see them!

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