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Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad, Fresh Food Wednesday

This recipe for tomato salad uses heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs from the garden to create a delicious summer treat.
Tomatoes from last summer’s garden.

Heirloom tomatoes can also be used in a delightful Caprese Salad. In honor of Fresh Food Wednesday AND the A to Z Blogging Challenge…HEIRLOOM (for “H”) Caprese salad!

  • 2 to 4 Heirloom tomatoes of your choice. I love Black Crimson. A fun way to make a pretty platter is to use one Black Crimson and one Heirloom Pineapple, a yellow tomato with red stripes, and alternate the colors.
  • Fresh mozzarella. If you can’t find or afford fresh, use the best quality store-bought brand you can find.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh basil
  • Coarse Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Rinse the tomatoes and slice off both the stem and blossom ends. Slice tomatoes thinly. Slice mozzarella thinly. Remove basil leaves from stems. Arrange the slices of tomato alternating with mozzarella and basil on the platter. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Have each person salt and pepper it to taste, after taking their portion – salt on tomatoes makes them runny as it pushes water from the cells.

She Eats


I could live on this salad throughout the summer…and sometimes, I do!
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  • Lauren @ DC Healthy Bites
    April 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Yum! You had me sold at fresh tomato, basil, and mozzarella! I’m looking forward to trying some new tomato varieties I bought as seeds for this garden season. Can’t beat the juiciness of freshly harvested tomato!

  • Lindsay
    April 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Yum looks delicious. I’m so excited for tomato season!

  • Jo
    April 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Me too Jeanne, I love Caprese salad. Not easy to find Heirlooms where I live but our grocery store does have them sometimes in the height of summer.

    We are actually beginning to see signs of spring here in Ontario. I saw my first Robin the other day.

  • Damaria Senne
    April 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Sounds delicious!