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Caprese Salad with Balsamic

caprese salad with balsamic Appetizer Italian
Caprese Salad with Balsamic
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 5 min
  • Servings 1

The word “summer” could definitely be defined by this salad. Perfect as an appetizer or a fresh side, the caprese salad with its balsamic drizzle is a wonderful way to use up garden tomatoes. MORE+ LESS-

Updated March 15, 2019

Ingredients

1
medium to large tomato
1/4
cup fresh basil leaves
4
ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
4
teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1
tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Steps

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  • 1
    Slice the tomato in approximately 1/4 inch thick slices. Do the same for the mozzarella.
  • 2
    Alternate layers between the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. First, a tomato slice, then mozzarella slice, then a couple leaves of basil; beginning and ending with tomatoes.
  • 3
    Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.

Expert Tips

  • Tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella are an essential summertime combination. This caprese salad is stacked with slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, layered with fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic and olive oil. It’s perfect as a light meal or snack. Serve it al fresco at a backyard get-together, assemble for a quick lunch or enjoy it as a side salad. Whatever way you decide to eat it, a caprese salad is a perfect excuse to use up all those extra tomatoes you got from the farmers’ market.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
520
Calories from Fat
380
% Daily Value
Total Fat
42g
64%
Saturated Fat
20g
98%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
100mg
34%
Sodium
820mg
34%
Potassium
420mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
11g
4%
Dietary Fiber
1g
6%
Sugars
8g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%
45%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
70%
70%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella are my favorite summertime combination. I love to make a simple stacked caprese salad with slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, layered with fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Just thinking about it makes me hungry. Often I am not that hungry come dinner time. The scorching heat gets to me and makes me feel slow and tired and not much in the mood for a big dinner. Tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil often fit the meal for a great evening snack. This recipe for Stacked Caprese Salad with Balsamic Vinegar is so versatile. Enjoy it just as is for a wonderful side salad, chop the tomatoes and mozzarella and toss with pasta for a light meal, or use grape tomatoes and small balls of mozzarella and thread them on skewers for a summer party appetizer. No matter how you choose to serve it, the ingredients are basically the same. It's the perfect way to take advantage of summer garden or farmer's market tomatoes.

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