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 lookout 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!

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My friend Daniel @cityslipper suggests using fresh tomatoes from the garden… of course!!!  That is what I feature in this recipe.  If you aren’t sure how to grow your own tomatoes just let me know.

Caprese Salad Recipe

Caprese Salad from my Home Garden

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.

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes I can enjoy year-round.  I love adding fresh basil I grow in my home during the wintertime.  check out my post about the Aerogarden.

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Have you ever had a salad you could make any time of the year?  I’d love to hear from you so please comment on my website and share your thoughts.  You are always welcome to send me a personal message on my contact page featured on this site.

Happy Fresh Eating,


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