Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze is an easy elegant salad. Ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil drizzled with a sweet balsamic glaze and olive oil. I have pretty much killed every plant I have ever bought but the one thing I can grow is fresh hearty herbs. There are two things I love in the summer ..#1 fresh mint in my Iced Tea and #2 Fresh Basil for a caprese salad. That is my idea of living! If you have never had a Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze you don’t know what you are missing . This salad is very simple to make but it is also beautiful and impressive to serve. This salad can be assembled ahead of time and then drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze right before serving.
What is needed to make a Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze
- Fresh ripe tomatoes , if they can be bought at a local farmers market they are even better
- fresh basil
- Sliced fresh mozzarella
- Olive Oil
- Fresh cracked pepper and sea salt
- Balsamic Glaze or Raspberry Balsamic (or a flavor of your choice)
- A Tomato slicer -any knife will do but my Rada Tomato slicer is one of favorite tools
- Chef’s knife
- Cutting board
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This is my basil I have been growing. All I do is water it everyday and make sure it gets plenty of sun and BAM a big beautiful fragrant bush of basil leaves. Just the smell of fresh basil makes my mouth water, LOL.
You can buy balsamic glaze already made but it can be a bit pricey, I always make my own. It’s not hard but just takes a little time and ventilation. One cup of balsamic vinegar to one tablespoon of sugar should reduce down to about a 1/3 of a cup of glaze. This is super easy to make just add one tablespoon of sugar to one cup of vinegar and bring to a boil than reduce to a simmer. Make sure your vent hood is on and you have plenty of ventilation. This glaze will reduce by a little more than half and should coat a spoon. Let the glaze cool completely before using and it will thicken even more when it is cool.
Let’s Make a Caprese Salad !
Slice Tomatoes in about 1/4 inch thick slices and slice mozzarella if it isn’t already sliced
Roll the basil leaves and cut in strips
On a plate alternate 3 Tomato slices and 2 slices of fresh mozzarella
Drizzle with Olive Oil
Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze
Sprinkle the basil on top and you can even put whole leaves between layers
Salt and pepper to taste
Trust me , you will be in love with this salad ! Enjoy
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Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze
- 1 Large Vine Ripe Tomatoes-3 thick slices
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil-Chiffonade
- 2 Slices Fresh Mozzarella
- 1 Tablespoons f Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1-2 Tablespoons Balsamic Glaze Make your own or store bought glaze
- Sea Salt and Freshly Cracked Pepper to Taste
- 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon granulated Sugar
- In a small sauce pan add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
- Make sure you have good ventilation , turn on your vent hood and bring the mixture up to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and lower it to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes .
- The glaze should coat a back of a spoon when reduced enough and it should be approximately 1/3 of a cup.
- Remove from heat and let it cool completely , it will thicken more as it cools
- Slice Tomatoes in about 1/4 inch thick slices and slice mozzarella if it isn't already sliced
- Roll the basil leaves and cut in strips ** See Notes below
- On a plate alternate 3 Tomato slices and 2 slices of fresh mozzarella
- Drizzle with Olive Oil
- Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze
- Sprinkle the basil on top and you can even put whole leaves between layers
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Serve Immediately
That looks really good. I’ve never seen caprese salad done quite like this before.
Thanks Ben .. it taste as good as it looks.
Super delicious glaze to this salad. I love the flavor and I love that this salad has so much of Cheese, which is my favorite too.
The glaze is fabulous !
Caprese salad is one of summer’s greatest pleasures. Love that you added instructions for a balsamic glaze too…it’s useful in so many dishes!
Is making balsamic glaze so easy? No way! It is indeed the perfect condiment to caprese salad. Love how you plated it, I can almost smell the basil leaves, they are so vibrant!
It’s so easy!
This recipe takes me back to Taormina, Italy! I loved the freshness of the veggies and the acid from the balsamic glaze
My dream vacation is Italy!!
Nice to make your own balsamic glaze! It looks amazing drizzled on top of a good caprese salad!
Caprese salad is one of the best Italian summer recipes! Great idea to make homemade balsamic glaze. As you say ready made can be expensive!
I agree, this is fabulous for the summer.
Such a healthy and a delicious salad to make, perfect dish to prepare for Father’s Day celebration. I am sure my husband will love it.
The glaze is such much better than just drizzling on plain balsamic. Definitely worth the extra few minutes. So good!
Thanks Jen, I agree!
I am very fond of caprese but never tried it in a salad form. I am making it tonight. Will update you on how it went.