Caprese salad

Caprese salad (Italian: insalata caprese [insaˈlaːta kaˈpreːze]; 'Capri salad')[1] is a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil, it's occasionally paired with arugula; it is usually arranged on a plate in restaurant practice.[2][3] Like pizza Margherita, it features the colours of the Italian flag: green, white, and red. In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto (starter), not a contorno (side dish) and may be eaten any time of day.

Caprese salad
Place of originItaly
Region or stateCampania
Main ingredientsmozzarella, tomatoes, basil, salt, black pepper, olive oil


Variations of Caprese salad may include Italian dressing or pesto in place of olive oil, or balsamic vinegar in addition to it. Olives may appear, along with rucola or romaine lettuce to augment the basil. Oregano or black pepper is sometimes added.

See also


  1. Edward Antrobus (31 October 2010). Recipes of If You Can Read, You Can Cook: Year 1. SEAM Publishing. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-301-75286-7.
  2. The Joy of Cooking (75th Anniversary Edition) p. 169
  3. "Nigel Slater's classic insalata caprese recipe", The Observer, Sunday 18 July 2010.

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