Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

I have to start this post by wishing a very happy birthday to my main little man!

{he HATES getting his picture taken so this was the best i could do}

Dex is 7 today and is being met with lots of treats and walks. We have a long hike planned after work at his favorite park. I also bought him new bowls over the weekend but i think that’s the least exciting for him. :)

Now onto this DELICIOUS salad!

Please join me while i try to hang onto every ounce of summer that’s left.

caprese salad

I am going to miss all of the super fresh and bountiful produce because fresh salads are my life. WAHHH. I’ll also miss watermelon. Oh watermelon…

caprese salad

The fresh basil, the heirloom tomatoes, the creamy mozzarella, the tangy balsamic vinegar. The flavors come together beautifully in this cold and super healthy salad. I know that there are many different varieties of caprese salad (i saw one with peaches that looks insane) but mine requires very little slicing. I bought a package of cherry/grape heirloom tomatoes and some were just a tad too large for my liking so i sliced them and placed them on the bottom. The rest just went into the salad whole. Can it get any easier?

caprese salad

You can serve this salad as an appetizer, main dish, or side making it super versatile. The salad has a mild flavor that pretty much pairs well with anything. I used to never like “wet mozzarella” (my words from when i was younger) and now i can’t get enough. SO GOOD.

caprese salad

Look at those colors!

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction
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Serves: 2
  • 2 to 2½ cups cherry/grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup ciligene mozzarella
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  1. Arrange the tomatoes and mozzarella on a large plate and top with fresh basil.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil.
  3. To reduce the balsamic vinegar, pour into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the volume has been cut in half and the vinegar has thickened.
  4. Top the caprese salad with the balsamic reduction and serve immediately.


2 comments on “Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

  1. Happy Birthday, Dex! :-)

    The salad looks absolutely delicious!!!

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