Mozzarella Caprese

Mozzarella Caprese is a classic Italian salad that is simple to make and delicious. I love making this in the summertime, using fresh, locally grown tomatoes and basil. I have also been able to find some locally made fresh mozzarella as well.

Here’s how to make this easy dish.


  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese (I am a fan of BelGioioso or local high quality cheese)
  • 4-5 ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional)


  1. Slice the mozzarella cheese into 1/4-inch thick slices. You can also find mozzarella that is pre-sliced, which is convenient.
  2. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices as well.
  3. Arrange the slices of cheese and tomatoes on a platter, alternating them.
  4. Gather whole basil leaves, and insert between your tomatoes and cheese. You can also cut up the basil and sprinkle across the tomato/cheese platter.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the salad.
  6. Sprinkle some salt and freshly ground black pepper over the salad.
  7. You can also drizzle balsamic vinegar over the mozzarella caprese.

Serve and enjoy!

Some fun ways I have made caprese to make it more visually interesting and change up the flavor a little:

~ Use various color tomatoes, such as red, yellow, or purple.

~ Use different colors of basil.

What do you think?

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  • Jenifer Wetle
    April 19, 2023

    This looks really good.

  • Tami Vollenweider
    April 19, 2023

    This is such a simple salad but looks yummy! I could even eat this because I have to stay away from greens!

  • Jeffrey
    April 19, 2023


  • Kara Marks
    April 19, 2023

    Oh, yum!

  • Terri Quick
    April 21, 2023

    Thank you for sharing this

  • Brittany Gilley
    April 22, 2023

    love this simple recipe

  • Lisa P.
    April 27, 2023

    I love how easy it is to make this salad. Using the different colored tomatoes is a great idea. Finding good tomatoes and quality cheese is difficult, however.

  • Adriane
    April 30, 2023

    I love caprese!!

  • Sue E
    May 1, 2023

    My grandma used to make a cold veggie salad like this on a warm summer day. I loved it! I have not it for along time! Of course, she died that’s why I have not had it and forgot about it.
    I am ready to make this now. Using different kind of tomatoes is a great idea! Thank you!

  • Lauryn R
    May 3, 2023

    This sounds (and looks) absolutely amazing! I love, love the flavor combination of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, yum! I will definitely be making this A LOT this summer! Thanks for sharing.