Enjoy the vibrant flavours and beautiful simplicity of this Tomato Caprese Salad! It’s the perfect dish for summer gatherings, and the combination of ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil is sure to delight your taste buds.
- 4 ripe tomatoes (preferably vine-ripened)
- 1 large ball of fresh mozzarella cheese
- Fresh basil leaves
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Start by slicing the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese into equal-sized rounds, about 1/4-inch thick. Arrange them alternately on a platter, creating a visually appealing pattern.
- Take the fresh basil leaves and gently wash them under cold water. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Pluck the leaves from the stems and scatter them over the tomato and mozzarella slices.
- Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the salad, making sure to evenly coat the tomatoes and mozzarella. The olive oil adds a rich and smooth flavour to the dish.
- Next, sprinkle a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper over the salad. Remember to taste as you go and adjust the seasoning to your preference.
- To add a delightful tang to the salad, drizzle a small amount of balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes and mozzarella. The balsamic vinegar adds a sweet and acidic balance to the dish.
- Once all the ingredients are assembled, allow the flavours to merge together for a few minutes before serving. This will allow the tomatoes to release their juices and blend with the other ingredients.
- Serve the Tomato Caprese Salad as a refreshing appetizer or a light side dish. You can also garnish it with a few extra basil leaves for a vibrant touch.