Insalata Caprese – Five Ingredient Friday

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Insalata Caprese – Caprese Salad

This simple salad of Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil is just perfect for this time of year. It’s tomato season and who can resist the vine-ripened beauties? This “recipe” is also five ingredients…so, another Five Ingredient Friday is here! 

Of course, I’ve been on a tomato kick lately. I just cannot stress enough my love of this luscious summer fruit; this salad is one of my favourite ways to consume my daily portion of tomato heaven.

Originally from Italy, Insalata Caprese is simply “salad in the style of Capri.” Traditionally served as an antipasto, Caprese Salad can be a great side dish addition to your summer eating  for many reasons:

  1. It requires no heat.
  2. It could not be simpler to assemble.
  3. Tomatoes are at their prime.
  4. Basil is readily available.
  5. It is delicious.

Fresh basil leaves are a must for this salad, in my view…and summer is a great time to be able to find it in your local market, if you don’t grow it yourself. Also, most grocery stores now also carry fresh mozzarella. You can generally find it in the specialty cheese section of the stores; it is so much better for this salad than block mozzarella.

As I said, Insalata Caprese cannot be easier to put together, and it’s only five ingredients! As I have assembled it, they are:

        • Tomatoes
        • Mozzarella
        • Basil Leaves
        • Balsamic Vinegar
        • Marinated Black Olives

Normally, Insalata Caprese is drizzled with olive oil. I love it with balsamic vinegar. So, I got my olive oil with the addition of the marinated black olives. Love, love, love olives!

So, throw one of these incredible little salads together soon, while the tomatoes are still glorious!


Insalata Caprese
Vine ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar and marinated black olives come together in this classic Italian antipasto.
Recipe type: Antipasto, Salad, Side dish
Cuisine: Italian
  • Ripe Tomatoes, sliced
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • a drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced
  • Fresh Basil Leaves (either whole, or sliced in a chiffonade style)
  • Marinated Black Olives, scattered on the plate
  1. Assemble the salad on a plate in the order given above.
  2. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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2 Responses to Insalata Caprese – Five Ingredient Friday

  1. Those photos are gorgeous, P! 🙂 I’m all about the caprese. Love the addition of olives. Totally a must! Happy weekend 🙂

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