If I was to recommend one super easy, two minute, three ingredient salad that everyone loves, this tomato and mozzarella salad is it. This salad is so easy that it's almost awkward to write a recipe for it, but if you have never seen a caprese salad before, you're welcome!
The traditional name for this Italian salad is caprese salad. It is usually served as an appetizer or as a side dish, and can be eaten plain, with a drizzle of olive oil and salt, or with a bit of balsamic vinegar. You usually slice mozzarella and tomatoes, and layer them up, with basil leaves being added on top. But you can of course just cut the tomatoes and mozzarella however you want.
What do you need to make tomato and mozzarella salad?
What can you do with a caprese salad?
Whenever I make this salad, it's usually to pair it as a side dish for dinner. Tomato and mozzarella go well with most Mediterranean style dishes. I love it with roast chicken or other lean meat dishes. You can also serve it as an easy appetizer, on toast or in a sandwich. I love it in an open sandwich with hummus and prosciutto.
Caprese salad dressing
Caprese is often paired with a drizzle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar. It really doesn't need a dressing, but if you want to use one, I suggest a plain vinaigrette. Anything basil flavored would fit perfectly.
How long does tomato and mozzarella salad last?
This salad is definitely best when served immediately. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you want to make this salad ahead of time, I suggest slicing the tomatoes and mozzarella, and storing them separately. Then, assemble the salad and add fresh basil leaves right before serving.
More salads with cheese:
- Greek pasta salad with feta and spinach
- Halloumi and butternut squash salad
- Quinoa spinach feta and tomato salad
Tomato and mozzarella salad
- 8 tomatoes
- 2 mozzarella balls
- handful fresh basil leaves
- Cut, slice or dice ingredients to your preference.
- Optionally add a drizzle of vinaigrette, olive oil or balsamic vinegar