Super Easy Garden Fresh Caprese Salad Recipe

It’s tomato time in my home and garden…. man I love this time of year.  I brought home a bushel from my favorite farmers stand yesterday and I hope to do some canning in the evening this Labor Day Weekend.  We’ve been blessed with amazing weather so it is super fun to play catch up out in the garden pulling out the dead plants and adding new mulch to spruce up the perennials.  With all these fun chores in mind I was on the look out for a healthy delicious meal to put together when I happen to rub up against my basil plant out in the raised bed area.  I couldn’t stop thinking about my trip to LA last year when I had REAL Caprese Salad at a cute Italian restaurant with my friend Mud.  Today I’m sharing the recipe I put together for lunch and I’m wishing you all were here to try this!

My first Caprese ever! #buckeyeInLA #foodIe

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Caprese Salad Recipe

Caprese Salad made from home garden goodness!

Caprese Salad

Basil from my home garden.... I'm gonna have to make up another batch.


  • 2 cups of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 12 ounces of fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh basil leaves, washed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over low heat until it reaches a gentle boil. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes or until it reduces to a thick, pourable glaze consistency. Cool the glaze before using.
  2. Slice the tomatoes into thick slabs.
  3. Slice the mozzarella.
  4. Remove extra long stems on the basil.
  5. Alternate layers of tomato slices, mozzarella slices and basil leaves to cover your serving platter.
  6. Drizzle the top of the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil with the balsamic glaze and extra-virgin olive oil. Season the entire dish with salt and pepper to taste.

The cookware is Extrema – highly recommend it!

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Happy Fresh Eating,


Bren Haas

Bren Haas

Bren Haas is the creator of GardenChat which is the first online gardening social community using social media. Her website features gardening tips and tricks, recipes, travel ideas, product reviews, and social media how-to help from her personal and unique experiences.

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