Recipe – Insalata Caprese

One of my favorite summer dishes is Insalata Caprese (Caprese Salad).  As I have mentioned before, I am a total fan of quick and easy meals and dishes that are incredibly yummy and in this case beautiful to look at.  

And now is the MOST appropriate time for this salad with the world cup games going on – nothing says “Italian” like this salad which contains the colors of the Italian flag and so well represents the incredibly fresh and flavorful foods produced here.

I have included a variety of  pictures because I wanted to show how creative one can get with some tomatoes, mozzarella and basil!  Buon Appetito!

Insalta Caprese, caprese, mozzarella, basil

Insalta Caprese


Insalta Caprese, caprese, mozzarella, basil

Insalta Caprese


1 pound vine-ripened tomatoes sliced ¼ inch thick

12 – 16 ounces fresh mozzarella sliced ¼ inch thick

¼ cup fresh basil, washed and dried

oregano, salt, pepper to taste

extra virgin olive oil for drizzling to taste



1.  Arrange tomato, mozzarella and  basil leaves by overlapping in desired design.

2.  Sprinkle with oregano. (optional)

3.  Drizzle with olive oil.

4.  Season with salt and pepper.



25 Comments on “Recipe – Insalata Caprese

    • Ha, ha, ha! FABULOUS! You know… is so yummy and – – – well – – pretty! It is always at hit at any party…..

  1. I love caprese salad. It is a regular at our place. Sometimes for antipasti I put a small ball of mozzarella, basil and half a cherry tomato on a toothpick.

    • Ohhh…isn’t it fun when your tomatoes are coming in?? Love watching them grow! Thanks for the comment and enjoy!

      • Yes, it is fun because you just know you are about to have one of the most delicious treats of the Summer! Can’t wait…

    • Thank you!!!! Italians play tonight, so I think I will be making this along with some other goodies! Have a good weekend!

    • Hi Pat! It is super yummy and so easy to make…for sure one of my favorites! Have a good week!

  2. We made Insalata Caprese today and I thought of you! Beautiful photos, especially of the light glinting off the freshness on those kebabs!!! Great idea!

    • Awwww…thank you for your comment! Seriously – – you made my day! Have a good week and enjoy the weekend!

      • So glad. Hope Paris was amazing? Are you a 4th of July celebrator even in Rome? How does that work for an American in Rome?

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