Caprese Salad with Basil Oil just screams Summer to me. Its simple and especially wonderful when you can get local grown produce. Like I’ve mentioned before, I love my garden and while I don’t yet have tomatoes ready to pick, I do have lots of basil! Fresh picked basil is a beautiful thing, and yes I give those pretty leaves a sniff every time I pick some.
This Caprese Salad is simple with slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella. To add bright freshness to this salad, I made a really quick basil oil. The basil oil is very simple, a handful of basil leaves, a small garlic clove, salt, pepper and olive oil. This salad goes with just about anything grilled and if you happen to have any left over dice it all up and toss with pasta!
- 1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 3-4 tomatoes, sliced
- about 10 basil leaves
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 small garlic clove, rough chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- Arrange the tomato and mozzarella on a platter.
- Place the basil, garlic, olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper into a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Drizzle the basil oil over the tomato and mozzarella.
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Oh this Caprese has won me over. There’s nothing better in the summer than a nice fresh Caprese. I love the touch of the basil oil.
Thanks Christine!!! I love my basil plant!
Heidy L. McCallum
I love Caprese Salad, but this basil oil idea is perfectly insanely brilliant!!! I am going to have to make this ASAP!
Thank you so much!! I make it very often over summer, a family favorite!
Those tomatoes are making me drool! I love caprese salad and it makes me so happy to see a delicious Basil Oil Dressing. YUM
Thank you Rini! It’s so simple but so delicious!
Skinny Kitchen (@skinnykitchen)
What a beautiful salad Angela!
Thank you so much!
Definitely a summer salad. I like to make it with burrata as well. Deliciously creamy!
Ohhhh I LOVE burrata!
Joanne T Ferguson
What a great salad for entertaining Great photo Angela!
Thank you!! Always a family favorite
This is such a good go to recipe. So fresh. Your presentation is lovely.
Thank you! We really enjoyed it!
I love that you are not just munching on basil leaves – I prefer with the basil oil. Great idea.
April J Harris (@apriljharris)
What a beautiful Caprese Salad, Angela! I love your suggestion for how to use the leftovers with pasta as well! (Although there might not be any leftovers in our house!!)
Thank you!! I hear ya, rarely are there leftovers here either but just in case….
We adore a good Caprese salad and your presentation is beautiful Angela!
Thank you! Simple, fresh & delicious!