Insalata Caprese Recipe
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Insalata Caprese Recipe

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A classic caprese salad has colors that resemble the Italian flag. For extra zing, I add a splash of balsamic vinegar. —Melba Wilson, Murrells Inlet, SC
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds plum tomatoes (about 10), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese pearls
  • 1/2 cup pitted ripe olives
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 160 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 257mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, mix tomatoes, cheese pearls and olives. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with basil, oregano, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, drizzle with vinegar. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Insalata Caprese in Taste of Home December 2015, p76

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pdarwin User ID: 7144531 244674
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"I found this to be a easy way to prepare a caprese salad for a large group instead of doing individual salads as I usually do. The ripe olives added a nice touch. I used cherub tomatoes and sliced them in half instead of the plum tomatoes. Very pretty dish and more importantly delicious. volunteer field editor"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 242766
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"This was ok. I prefer my tomatoes and mozzarella to be marinated in the balsamic vinegar and oil. It gives it more flavor that way."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 237481
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"This is simply delightful with any heavy pasta dish!"

DeboraLZ User ID: 7556927 236087
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Just perfect! I used cherry tomatoes and cut them in half. I did add the balsamic vinegar, and it was so good with the fresh herbs."

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