Caprese Salad – an Italian classic with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil – gets a tasty (but absolutely not authentic) twist with the addition of balsamic glaze.
- fresh mozzarella
- fresh basil
- extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar is an almost magical ingredient that makes everything better. It is not part of the original Italian recipe, however.
Simple is Better
Sometimes simple is better.
Okay, quite often, simple is better.
Nothing here is fancy – from basil to salt to balsamic vinegar to fresh tomatoes to mozzarella. Simple, classic, delicious.
Classic Caprese salad proves that rule – the flavour combination of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil is hard to resist.
But we’re going to add a new dimension with rich and syrupy balsamic glaze.
Why? Because I love balsamic vinegar.
Add a really good quality extra virgin olive oil and buon appetito!
This salad takes just ten minutes to put together and serves four.
A reader from Italy wants me to make it very clear that authentic Insalata Caprese doesn’t use vinegar – not regular vinegar nor balsamic. Dating from no earlier than the 1920s but most likely the 1970s, this salad is drizzled with oregano and good quality olive oil. The addition of balsamic vinegar is a North American variation. If you enjoy the balsamic variation, try it with the classic toppings.