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Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

A recipe where the ingredients are KEY: Caprese Salad. Pick perfectly ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella to make this summer staple shine.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, caprese salad, tomato
Servings: 2 people
Author: Marianne


For the Caprese Salad

  • 2 hierloom tomatoes ¼" slices
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella ¼" slices
  • 5-10 fresh basil leaves
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • large flake salt to taste (I prefer Maldon )

For the balsamic glaze for caprese salad

  • ½ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • pinch of sugar


  • Beginning with a tomato slice, alternate tomato and mozzarella slices on a plate.
  • Drizzle the slices with balsamic reduction, and top with basil and a twist or two of freshly ground pepper. Optionally, sprinkle with salt.

To make the Balsamic Reduction

  • In a heavy saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Stir in the sugar, and simmer while stirring frequently to avoid burning, until the liquid has reduced by approximately one half.
  • Allow to come to room temperature before using.   Any leftovers will keep in the refrigerator indefinitely.