This classic Caprese Salad pairs NJ tomatoes with basil, mozzarella and a sweet balsamic glaze. This simple side dish is something I serve again and again. It's my favorite summer tomato recipe. I just can't seem to stop eating the NJ tomatoes!
When Jersey tomatoes are in season, I am always in foodie heaven.
They are so good eaten with just a bit of sea salt, but there are so many flavorful summer tomato recipes. Caprese salad has always been a simple favorite of mine. It's simple, tasty, and really lets the flavor of the tomatoes shine.
Local NJ Tomatoes
I grow some of my own tomatoes but I also like to get them from local farms when I can. I frequently visit the Collingswood Farmers Market where I always find some gorgeous tomatoes. These heirloom ones are from Savoie Organic Farms, but I have also purchased some from Springdale Farms and Fruitwood Farms this season. There are so many NJ tomato vendors at the market, and they all carry delicious tomatoes!
I make Caprese salad in various ways, but this recipe is simple, easy and good! I love fresh Jersey tomatoes in many forms, especially when they come from a NJ farm or my garden.
Do yourself a favor and also buy some fresh mozarella cheese. It's creamy and goes perfect with juicy, ripe tomatoes.
Tomatoes With Basil
I don't know what it is about fresh tomatoes with basil, but it is a flavor I can't seem to get enough of in the summer.
Fresh basil is wonderful to have in my garden and it's so easy to grow – even in a container on the porch. Early in the season, I bought a few plants from the market, so now I can pick basil for my Caprese salad whenever I want to.
What is Balsamic Glaze?
Another thing I love on this salad is balsamic glaze. I have gotten into the habit of putting it on everything. It is a sweet thick form of balsamic vinegar. I like the tart but sweet flavor and it makes so many foods taste better.
Move over ketchup, as this works well on sandwiches, roasted veggies, salads, chicken and fish. I can't get enough of the stuff, and I always grab a few inexpensive bottles at Trader Joe's.
Balsamic Glaze Cooking Tip:
To make your own balsamic glaze, you can cook down a cup of balsamic vinegar. Pour it in a saucepan on the stove over low heat. Cook until it is reduced by half, and you will have a nice tangy sauce. It can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and will keep for several weeks.
Recipes to Serve Caprese Salad With
- Perfect Grilled Steak
- Healthier Shrimp Scampi
- Baked Breaded Eggplant Parmesan Rounds
- Italian Grilled Chicken from To Simply Inspire
More Summer Tomato Recipes
- Tomato Pesto Caprese Bites
- Three Cheese Tomato Basil Pie
- Jersey Tomato Sandwich
- Heirloom Tomato and Chickpea Salad
- Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad
So go ahead and get some fresh local tomatoes and basil. Make this salad. Then ask someone to pass the balsamic.
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Simple Balsamic Glazed Caprese Salad
- 2 medium size ripe tomatoes sliced
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
- 6 fresh basil leaves chopped
- 2 to 3 TBS balsamic glaze
- salt to taste
- Arrange a plate with the sliced tomatoes and top with cheese slices.
- Garnish with the basil and drizzle the balsamic glaze over the plate.
- Season with salt to taste.
First Published August 2018 ; Updated June 2021