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Caprese Salad

This is the perfect way to use those beautiful tomatoes growing in your garden! With only a few fresh ingredients, you have a light, healthy, and delicious salad. Don't let the summer slip away without making this amazing Caprese salad!
Course Appetizer, Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, about ¼-inch thick slices
  • 2 medium tomatoes, about ¼-inch thick slices
  • basil leaves
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • balsamic glaze, **You can find balsamic glaze in the grocery store, or you can make it yourself. I've included instructions on how to make homemade balsamic glaze below.

Homemade Balsamic Glaze: (optional)

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed

Instructions

  • Arrange the sliced mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and basil leaves in an alternating pattern on a plate (a slice of mozzarella, tomato, and basil leaf, repeat).
  • Lightly sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
  • Drizzle everything with the balsamic glaze with back-and-forth motions.

Homemade balsamic glaze: (optional)

  • Heat balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small pot or saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to medium or medium-low heat, and maintain a constant simmer. Stir occasionally until the vinegar thickens and is reduced by about half (about 10 to 15 minutes). It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. The glaze should have the consistency of warm honey. (Be sure to turn on the stove fan, the smell of the cooking vinegar is strong).
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before serving (about 15 minutes). The glaze will thicken some as it cools.
  • Store leftover glaze in the refrigerator and use it within two months.