YUM! We love tapas style meals. In the summer, Caprese Salad is a staple in our home for dinners and entertaining. I’m a convenience chef so strive to find recipes we can whip up in under 10 minutes from start to finish. Our 3 minute Caprese passes my convenience test as it‘s a cinch to make and I relish the chance to indulge in fresh seasonal tomatoes.
It’s June and we are all about every variety of Tomatoes. I especially love “On the Vine” tomatoes. Walmart sells a wide variety of seasonal tomatoes in their produce department and I always opt for on the vine tomato bunches when possible! A tip someone gave me once, which I’ve found to be true again and again is that your tomatoes will remain fresh longer if you KEEP THEM ON THE VINE until you are ready to eat. They sweeten and ripen just perfectly without spoiling if you keep them all connected on the vine.
3 Minute Caprese Salad Recipe
This simple recipe requires just a few very basic ingredients which you can purchase at Walmart. Any variety of seasonal tomatoes will work so pick whatever your heart desires. The below serves 2 but obviously you can easily chop up more tomatoes as needed dependent on how many people you are serving.
3 Vine Ripened Tomatoes
10 Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Balls Chopped
5 Fresh Basil Leaves
2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil
Balsamic Reduction to Drizzle
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Slice Tomatoes thinly. Place on a serving platter and top with 5 Fresh Basil Leaves. Spread 2 teaspoons of Olive Oil all over your tomato platter. Slice fresh mozzarella cheese and place on the Caprese Salad Mixture. Add Salt and Pepper. Drizzle Balsamic reduction all over your Caprese Salad. I find this MAKES the dish so be sure to drizzle all over and we highly recommend using a brand of balsamic that has already been reduced as it is sweeter and thicker than a traditional balsamic vinegerette mixture that is commonly used.
Pair with bread to make it a “meal” or just eat as is if you’d like it as a salad or appetizer before your main course. Enjoy!