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Caprese Salad Gets A Makeover

This weekend my Mom was visiting (Yay! Things always feel so much better she’s around!). On Sunday I woke up and came downstairs to find her looking through a cookbook that Kristin sent me a while ago that’s all about entertaining. We started looking at it together and found this cute way to serve caprese salad, and since tomatoes are in abundance right now, we decided to stop at a farm stand and pick a few up to give it a whirl.  We both thought it would be a cute appetizer for a nice summer dinner, and having it stand up gives a simple classic an impressive twist.

Caprese Salad


Ingredients: Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil, Olive Oil, Balsamic Glaze (Luckily my Mom was on hand for this one.  Pour about 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small skillet and cook on medium for a few minutes until it reduces it to a sweet glaze.  You can’t go wrong, after all balsamic is great on its own and the glaze makes a huge difference!), Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions: Stand the tomato up on your cutting board and slice about 4 or 5 times depending on how thick you want the tomato slices.  Don’t slice all the way but rather leave about an quarter of an inch so that the tomato still stands up.  Insert a mozzarella slice and basil leaf into each fold.  Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic glaze and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.

And since I’m still building up my stock of kitchen staples I found a few things that may just have to go on my kitchen wish list!  How about one of these adorable ceramic bottles to leave on your counter or table for a little olive oil drizzle? And this long rectangle serving dish would be perfect to line three or four of these bad boys up and then serve from the center of the table. Yum!

oil pitcher

rectangle aqua dish



  1. Looks delicious, that will be my lunch.
    I was just sitting here thinking. There is one thing I wish I was better at (except more creative) is to be a better cook:)

  2. mmm love caprese salad especially with home grown tomatoes. I think that will be on my menu this weekend. Also, I am a sucker for cute bottles and serving ware.

  3. Yum my FAVORITE! I actually had the regular version minus the cheese last night for supper. Now i am totally going to have to stop and get all the fixings to make it again tonight. :o)

  4. I love this salad and the tomatoes around at the moment are just heavenly aren’t they?! Those oil bottles are gorgeous too.

    Now I am feeling hungry!

  5. That salad looks delicious! Caprese is by far my favorite anything – panini, salad, pizza… YUM! I’ll have to try serving it this way next time!


  6. Whoa, so simple but pure genius! The caprese salad looks wonderful with the tomatoes standing up. I’m totally tweeting a link to this.

  7. MMMMMM Caprese is one of my all time faves! And I love your knick knack additions, too.

    Girl, get the dust pan!! It’ll change your life!!


  8. So pretty! And I love those jars and the platter.

    I saw another way, recently, of doing Caprese salad, at a friend’s cookout. She used cherry or grape tomatoes and put them on a wooden skewer with chunks of mozzarella in between. She presented them on a platter drizzled with balsamic vinegar and thin strips of fresh basil. So good… and easy to eat with your hands!

  9. Oh, I am SO glad I clicked over here tonite! I’m housesitting for my neighbor, and he encouraged me to pick the tomatoes in his garden. Well, I’ve got nine maters on the counter, and was wondering what to do. Now I know, THANKS!

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