Insalata Caprese With Heirloom Tomatoes – The Greatest Salad Of All – Recipe

Insalata caprese with Purple Cherokee heirloom tomatoes
Insalata caprese with Purple Cherokee heirloom tomatoes

All year I look forward to the brief period when the tomatoes are good enough to eat insalata caprese several times a week.

Because it is made with only 5 ingredients, and you don’t cook them, the greatness is completely determined by their quality. This calls for the finest, ripest heirloom tomatoes you can lay your hands on, sweet & milky fresh mozarella, superb olive oil, flaky sea salt, and fragrant basil. The one in the picture above was made with Purple Cherokees and a handful of mixed heirloom cherry tomatoes.

Besides being incredibly tasty, it goes together in 3 minutes flat.

So what are you waiting for?

Insalata Caprese
Vegetarian and Gluten-free; not vegan
Serves 4

  • 2 large, ripe heirloom tomatoes, cored and sliced about 3/8 – 1/4" thick
  • optional: handful of heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 2-3 large balls of fresh mozzarella, preferably buffalo mozzarella, sliced a little thinner
  • best quality extra virgin olive oil, preferably fruity
  • sea salt (Maldon (aka the world’s greatest salt) is ideal)
  • 4-5 leaves of fresh basil, chiffonade or tear
  1. Arrange all of the tomatoes in a single layer on serving platter.
  2. Top each slice with a piece of cheese.
  3. Drizzle everything with a generous amount of olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle on the salt.
  5. Finish with the basil garnish.

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Thursday, August 21st, 2008 in Gluten-Free or modifiable, Recipes, Salads.

3 Responses to “Insalata Caprese With Heirloom Tomatoes – The Greatest Salad Of All – Recipe”

  1. August 21, 2008 at 10:47 am #

    Mmmm… best salad ever. My problem this year has been that I keep eating all the tomatoes I’ve been buying before I have a chance to buy mozzarella. I’ll have to change that ASAP so I can make this! (I usually add a little drizzle of balsamic too.)

  2. August 22, 2008 at 3:36 am #

    This is almost like the essence of summer evening or something. Yum!

  3. August 22, 2008 at 7:42 am #

    I was going to say this would be excellent with Purple Cherokees but you beat me to it!

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