Caprese salad

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Caprese salad
Type Salad
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Campania
Main ingredients mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, salt, olive oil
Cookbook: Caprese salad  Media: Caprese salad

Caprese salad (Italian: Insalata Caprese [insaˈlaːta kaˈpreːze], meaning "Salad of Capri")[1] is a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella (ideally Buffalo mozzarella), tomatoes and green basil, seasoned with salt, and olive oil.[2][3] It was made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green. In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto (starter), not a contorno (side dish) unlike most salads.


While caprese is traditionally seasoned with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, there are variations seasoned with pesto and other sauces like italian dressing. Some variations substitute basil with rucola. In further variations other non-traditional ingredients like chopped garlic, parsley, olives or romaine lettuce are also added.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edward Antrobus (31 October 2010). Recipes of If You Can Read, You Can Cook: Year 1. SEAM Publishing. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-301-75286-7. 
  2. ^ The Joy of Cooking (75th Anniversary Edition) p. 169
  3. ^ "Nigel Slater's classic insalata caprese recipe", The Observer, Sunday 18 July 2010.