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Caprese – The Best Summer Snack

Caprese salad - best summer snack or appetizer - heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegarOne of my favorite summer time snacks is caprese salad made with home-grown heirloom tomatoes!  This is the perfect appetizer, lunch or light dinner.  I often make this with grilled chicken or fish for a quick and easy dinner.


2-3 tomatoes – I prefer heirloom, but Roma are a great alternative

mozzarella slices

fresh basil

balsamic vinegar

olive oil


1. Slice tomatoes with a serrated (jagged) knife.  I have a knife that is designed for tomato slicing which is awesome, but a bread knife works great, too! Place tomatoes on a platter.

2. Slice mozzarella and place on top of tomatoes.

3. Place a basil leaf on each tomato slice.

4. Lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

It’s that easy!  I was chatting with a friend recently and she had never tried caprese!  If you haven’t, you must!  A great alternative is to make the caprese and serve on top of crustinis or place on french bread and broil until the cheese is melted!


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