Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

There is nothing better than cooking with fruits and vegetables that are in season. Now a days we can find pretty much anything in the market, in season or not. But when you bake a cobbler with ripe in-season peaches…GLORIOUS! For the best tasting Caprese salad ever, I chose beautiful heirloom tomatoes because Summer=Tomatoes=Happiness.

sliced yellow and red heirloom tomatoes, bufala mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and balsamic glaze
Quick and easy summer time salad with heirloom tomatoes and bufala mozzarella

WHAT IS A CAPRESE SALAD AND WHY THE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES?

Potted herb garden with basil thyme and rosemary
Basil, thyme and rosemary from the garden

Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad made with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, sweet basil and seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper. Not only does this salad pack a punch of flavor but you can make it in 5 minutes, really. The tomatoes are sliced and are arranged on a plate alternating with thick slices of fresh mozzarella and garnished with basil. This is a very popular summer salad because its refreshinf, tomatoes are in season and did I mention its so easy to make. This is typically served as an appetizer but add slices of (store bought..yes you read correctly) roasted chicken breast for an delicious weeknight meal. This is a great time to use fresh basil from your garden. My garden is really small as I’m not so great (I’m terrible actually) at growing plants but herbs are a bit more manageable in small containers that I can place right on my windowsill. For my twist on the traditional Caprese, I left out the cracked pepper and olive oil. I did add a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

As I was shopping ingredients for another recipe I happened upon the most beautiful, colorful, perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes today and voila an heirloom tomato salad appeared on my kitchen counter for lunch. I’m a little embarrassed to say that the first time I saw an heirloom tomato was not that long ago when they opened a Whole Foods market in my area. I’ve been a city girl my whole life so farmers markets were not something I had the opportunity to frequent growing up. When I finally did see them in the market though, I have to say, I walked right by them for the longest because, let’s be honest, they are a little weird looking. Until I saw them on a cooking show so I took the plunge and goodness was that a great choice. I look forward to summertime every year just to have a bite (or two or more but who’s counting) of these delicious treats.

Bowl of red, yellow and green heirloom tomatoes
Farm stand heirloom tomato varieties

Heirloom tomatoes have been grown by generations of gardeners who did not genetically modify the tomato seeds. This means heirlooms are not as resistant to disease and have a shorter shelf life. This is also what gives them that strong tomato flavor that you won’t get from a regular tomato. Heirloom variety tomatoes are open-pollinated which means you can actually take the seeds and plant them to grow your own.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 medium – large size heirloom tomatoes of your favorite variety and color, sliced thick
  • Fresh Mozzarella, sliced thick
  • 10 sweet basil leaves
  • 2 tsp. of balsamic glaze
  • Coarse sea salt to taste

Directions

Platter of bright and juicy heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella balsamic glaze and basil leaves
Best summer salad with fresh Burrata juicy heirloom tomatoes and sweet basi
  1. On a serving platter, arrange the tomato slices alternating with the mozzarella slices.
  2. Garnish with sweet basil leaves throughout.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes

sliced yellow and red heirloom tomato salad with bufala mozzarella and toasted crostini
Serve this delicious heirloom tomato and bufala salad with a
toasted crostini or baguette slices
  • This can be served on its own or with crunchy slices of freshly toasted crostini.
  • You can drizzle good quality olive oil and season with fresh cracked black pepper for a closer version of the traditional.
  • This can be made up to 24 hours in advance but do not season until ready to serve. This includes the balsamic glaze and the olive oil, if using.
  • You probably won’t have leftovers but if you’re lucky then cover and refrigerate. Consume the following day. Note, it will not look the same as the glaze will spread and remember that the salt will bring out the juices from the tomatoes so you will see some liquid. It should still be very tasty.
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Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

Best summer salad ever. Make in 5 minutes with fresh mozzarella, ripe juicy heirloom tomatoes, sweet basil, sea salt and balsamic glaze.

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Salad
  • Cuisine: Italian
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Ingredients

  • 34 medium to large heirloom tomatoes (sliced thick)
  • 4 oz. Mozzarella Burrata
  • 8 sweet basil leaves
  • 2 tsp balsamic glaze
  • sea salt (to taste)

Instructions

  1. On a serving platter, arrange alternating slices of tomato and burrata
  2. Garnish with sweet basil
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt
  4. Drizzle with balsamic glaze

Notes

  • This can be served on its own or with crunchy slices of freshly toasted crostini.
  • You can drizzle good quality olive oil and season with fresh cracked black pepper for a closer version of the traditional.
  • This can be made up to 24 hours in advance but do not season until ready to serve. This includes the balsamic glaze and the olive oil, if using.
  • You probably won’t have leftovers but if you’re lucky then cover and refrigerate. Consume the following day. Note, it will not look the same as the glaze will spread through the tomatoes and the salt will bring out the juices from the tomatoes so you will see some liquid. It will still be very tasty though.