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Spring Caprese salad

My Caprese Salad is a gorgeous slightly modified version of a Caprese Salad that uses bright vine-ripened yellow Campari tomatoes, gorgeous red Roma tomatoes, and tiny grape tomatoes, fresh moist mozzarella cheese, green sweet basil, fresh purple basil, and genuine extra-virgin olive oil, seasoned simply with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

There’s nothing like a delicious Caprese Salad as a wonderful starter to your meal, I actually love it so much, I have been known to make a Caprese Salad with fresh Italian bread, and a glass of red wine for lunch.

 

a gorgeous slightly modified version of a Caprese Salad that uses bright vine-ripened yellow Campari tomatoes, gorgeous red Roma tomatoes, and tiny grape tomatoes, fresh moist mozzarella cheese, green sweet basil, fresh purple basil, and genuine extra-virgin olive oil, seasoned simply with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Today was my short day at work, so I was excited to come home and whip up a nice lunch, kick my feet up, and enjoy the beautiful afternoon in the Florida sun with a glass of wine. Life couldn’t get any more relaxing this afternoon. A Caprese Salad is in order to complete my day.

 

 

 

In order to make a delicious Caprese Salad, there are a few things required

  • Local vine-ripened tomatoes that are juicy and flavorful, not overly ripe, and preferably warm never been refrigerated tomatoes for best tomato flavor.
  • Quality fresh, moist mozzarella from an Italian specialty shop or deli.
  • Only fresh fragrant, flavorful young tender basil should be used.
  • Genuine extra-virgin olive oil and only olive oil.

 

 

 

a gorgeous slightly modified version of a Caprese Salad that uses bright vine-ripened yellow Campari tomatoes, gorgeous red Roma tomatoes, and tiny grape tomatoes, fresh moist mozzarella cheese, green sweet basil, fresh purple basil, and genuine extra-virgin olive oil, seasoned simply with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

Living in Florida our tomato season has already started booming while the tomatoes are ripe for picking here, if you live in a colder climate it’s best if you wait for your own tomato season for the best flavor results versus using under-ripe grocery store tomatoes.

 

 

Let’s talk tomatoes…

Roma tomatoes are a plum tomato popularly used both for canning and producing tomato paste due to low seed content. Roma tomatoes are also known as Italian tomatoes or Italian plum tomatoes.

Campari tomatoes: Aka Cocktail tomatoes, is a type of tomato, noted for its juiciness, high sugar level, low acidity, and lack of mealiness. Campari tomatoes can be deep red, or bright yellow and larger than a cherry tomato, but smaller and rounder than a plum tomato.

Grape tomatoes: Grape tomatoes produce small and usually oblong fruits. They have become increasingly popular, due at least in part to their higher sugar content compared to regular tomatoes, and due to their smaller, bite-sized shape size.

 

 

 

Caprese Salad

  • 5 Roma or Plum tomatoes, vine ripened
  • 1-pint Grape tomatoes, vine ripened
  • 8 yellow Campari tomatoes, vine ripened
  • 8 ounces, quality fresh moist mozzarella cheese
  • 10 leaves of young tender fresh sweet basil
  • 10 leaves of young tender fresh purple basil
  • A drizzle of Genuine extra-virgin olive oil
  • A drizzle of quality balsamic or lemon juice, optional
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Thoroughly wash tomatoes, I like to rinse in cold water, then follow with a solution of 8 parts water, 2 parts white vinegar, followed by rinsing again.
  2. Slice Mozzarella cheese as desired.
  3. Slice Roma tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick rounds.
  4. Slice Grape tomatoes in half.
  5. Slice yellow Campari tomatoes in half.
  6. Place tomatoes and sliced fresh mozzarella cheese in a glass serving the dish, add fresh sweet basil, purple basil, drizzle genuine extra-virgin olive oil, quality balsamic or lemon juice, add kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste and lightly toss a few times.
  7.  Serve and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

a gorgeous slightly modified version of a Caprese Salad that uses bright vine-ripened yellow Campari tomatoes, gorgeous red Roma tomatoes, and tiny grape tomatoes, fresh moist mozzarella cheese, green sweet basil, fresh purple basil, and genuine extra-virgin olive oil, seasoned simply with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
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Spring Caprese salad

A modified version of a Caprese Salad that uses bright vine-ripened yellow Campari tomatoes, gorgeous red Roma tomatoes, and tiny grape tomatoes, fresh moist mozzarella cheese, green sweet basil, fresh purple basil, and genuine extra-virgin olive oil, seasoned simply with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time0 mins
0 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Caprese Salad, Tomato Salad
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 175kcal
Author: hmccallum

Ingredients

  • 5 Roma or Plum tomatoes vine ripened
  • 1- pint Grape tomatoes vine ripened
  • 8 Yellow Campari tomatoes vine ripened
  • 8 ounces Fresh moist mozzarella cheese
  • 10 leaves Young tender fresh sweet basil
  • 10 leaves Young tender fresh purple basil
  • 1 drizzle Genuine extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 drizzle Balsamic or lemon juice optional
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash tomatoes, I like to rinse in cold water, then follow with a solution of 8 parts water, 2 parts white vinegar, followed by rinsing again.
  • Slice Mozzarella cheese as desired.
  • Slice Roma tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick rounds.
  • Slice Grape tomatoes in half.
  • Slice yellow Campari tomatoes in half.
  • Place tomatoes and sliced fresh mozzarella cheese in a glass serving the dish, add fresh sweet basil, purple basil, drizzle genuine extra-virgin olive oil, quality balsamic or lemon juice, add kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste and lightly toss a few times.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

 

 

 

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a gorgeous slightly modified version of a Caprese Salad that uses bright vine-ripened yellow Campari tomatoes, gorgeous red Roma tomatoes, and tiny grape tomatoes, fresh moist mozzarella cheese, green sweet basil, fresh purple basil, and genuine extra-virgin olive oil, seasoned simply with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

 

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    blueblanket21
    May 18, 2015 at 12:49 am

    That looks so yummy, minus the cheese for me though, vegan here. I do love tomatoes. My whole family does. Can’t wait to make this! Thanks for posting.

  • Reply
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    April 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

    This looks absolutely wonderful – you can’t beat fresh tomatoes straight out of a greenhouse!

  • Reply
    Tara
    April 14, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I adore everything about this salad!!

  • Reply
    April J Harris (@apriljharris)
    April 14, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Love all the wonderful, fresh ingredients in your delicious Caprese salad, Heidy! It looks beautiful!

  • Reply
    homemadefoodjunkie
    April 13, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Heidy,
    You have such a way with color in your recipes! this looks so fresh and inviting! Some of my favorite salad ingredients too!

  • Reply
    christine (@foodyschmoody)
    April 13, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    This definitely is screaming spring. Look at this beauty! Yum!

  • Reply
    Nicole Neverman
    April 13, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    This is one delicious looking caprese salad and I’m glad you enjoyed your afternoon off 🙂

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      April 13, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you, Nicole, I sure did need a nice afternoon filled with yummy Spring Caprese Salad and wine.

  • Reply
    Joanne/WineladyCooks
    April 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Your photo is gorgeous and of course there is nothing more delicious than a simple fresh caprese salad. We love this, and the tomatoes you used make this a ‘blue ribbon’ winner. I wish I had the ingredients to make this tonight. Pinning/sharing.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      April 13, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks, Joanne, you know I love all the colors this salad brings to the table and I eat with my eyes, so color is so important.

  • Reply
    peter @feedyoursoultoo
    April 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    This is such a great salad for the spring and summer. I love the color.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      April 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Yes, it sure is Peter, unfortunately because of the heat here in Florida during the summer months, we have to start early as the Florida sun is soo harsh on tomato plants.

  • Reply
    smalltowngirl
    April 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Yum! That is all.

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