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Layers of tomato flavor shown for this classic caprese salad.

Classic Caprese Salad

A classic Caprese Salad is best enjoyed during the summer months when fresh Heirloom tomatoes are available. Use the best ingredients you can for this simple salad.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salads, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 384 kcal


  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes use a variety or all the same, each sliced thickly into 4 slices
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella sliced into 8 slices, preferably Buffalo mozzarella
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • 4 tablespoons fine extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh basil shredded, (optional)


  • On individual plates, place one large tomato slice, top with basil and a slice of the mozzarella, repeat finishing with a tomato slice. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with additional basil if desired and serve.


Serving: 1gSodium: 581mgFiber: 2gCholesterol: 63mgCalories: 384kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 12gFat: 32gProtein: 19gCarbohydrates: 7g
Keyword best caprese, classic caprese, heirloom tomato salad
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