Hey there, summer is here and nothing is more refreshing than a delicious caprese salad. This simple recipe does not require too many ingredients, but it is full of flavor and the perfect appetizer or side dish for any meal.
Suzanne’s Simple Summer Caprese Salad
Start by gathering the following ingredients:
- 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
- 3 fresh ripe tomatoes
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Once you have your ingredients prepped and ready, it’s time to start. Begin by slicing the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese into thick slices.
Once your cheese and tomatoes are sliced, create a pattern of alternating tomato and cheese slices on a large platter.
In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil until completely blended. You can add salt and pepper to taste.
Drizzle the dressing over the cheese and tomato slices on the platter, making sure to coat everything well.
Next, add the fresh basil leaves on top of the slices. This will give the salad an extra burst of flavor and color.
Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Before serving, give the salad a final drizzle of the dressing. Your simple summer caprese salad is now ready to be enjoyed!
Caprese Salad – Don Rigatoni
Don Rigatoni offers a delicious and unique take on the classic caprese salad. This recipe includes prosciutto and arugula for added flavor and an elevated presentation.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
- 4 slices of prosciutto
- 2 cups of fresh arugula
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Start by halving the cherry tomatoes and placing them in a large bowl. Next, chop the mozzarella cheese into small cubes and add it to the bowl with the tomatoes.
In a separate pan, cook the prosciutto until it is crispy. Once it is cooked, crumble the prosciutto and add it to the bowl with the tomatoes and mozzarella.
At this point, add the arugula to the mixture and mix everything together.
In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil until the mixture is combined. Add salt and pepper to taste, then pour the dressing over the salad mixture.
Mix everything together and refrigerate it for at least 10 minutes so that the flavors can meld together.
Once your caprese salad mixture is ready, plate it and enjoy!
Whether you prefer a traditional or unique caprese salad recipe, these two recipes are sure to satisfy any appetite. Try them both and let us know which one is your favorite!