Diced Caprese Salad

Stacked Diced Caprese Salad

The local field tomatoes finally made their appearance at the farmers market this weekend and I immediately picked some up. With the fresh ripe tomatoes in hand, the first thing on my mind was a caprese salad! A caprese salad or insalata caprese, is a salad consisting of tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil. Because this salad is so simple, you want to use the best ingredients possible including perfectly ripened field tomatoes. Every year I look forward to tomato season when I can enjoy fresh caprese salads and I never tire of coming up with new ways to enjoy them. This time I diced both the tomatoes and the mozzarella and used my mini spring form pan to construct a layered stack. For the basil component of the salad I topped the tower with a dollop of freshly made basil pesto and garnished the plate with drops of basil olive oil. (I made the basil oil by pureeing some basil in the olive oil and then straining it.)

Diced Caprese Salad

(makes 2 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 large ripe field tomatoes (diced)
1 large ball fresh mozzarella (diced)
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons basil pesto

Directions:
1. Divide the tomatoes and mozzarella in two and form stacks on two plates alternating the tomatoes and mozzarella seasoning with salt and pepper as you go using a ring.
2. Top each stack with basil pesto and enjoy!

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59 comments:

Eva said...

What a great twist on Caprese Salad, the presentation is completely beautiful.

Mags said...

Absolutely beautiful presentation Kevin.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

OMG...that's gorgeous. Have made the salad for years, in fact, had it last nite, only I substituted a creamy garlic cheese diced up. It was gooooood! BUT I have to try it in a press like you did with the basil oil. Now I have to have company for dinner so I can try it out. Boy...will they be impressed! :)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, Kevin! I have been alternating this salad with real Greek salad (no lettuce) all summer. And your pesto idea sounds good. I make pesto 'cubes' all summer and freeze them for fresh basil taste in the winter. Great idea.!!! fleur.

Pam said...

What a gorgeous presentation of a caprese salad!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I love this! What a nice take (and lovely presentation) on Caprese.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Lovely deconstructed caprese salad, especially with those dots of pesto adding even more color.

♥peachkins♥ said...

A nice take on Caprese Salad!

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Cara said...

beautiful presentation, Kevin!

bellini valli said...

Definitely one of my favourite salads Kevin!!

Lena Nozizwe said...

For the first time ever I grew my own tomatoes this summer. What a treat it's been to step outside into my container garden and take it to my kitchen. Your recipe is a great way to use them.

Chocolate Freckles said...

You always amaze me with your presentation, next time I wanna impress someone.. I'll serve this as a starter for sure!!

Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said...

I love caprese salad - your salad is absolutely beautiful. This would make a great presentation next time we're entertaining!

Natalie @ Perrys' Plate said...

What beautiful plating! You're a very talented food stylist. Your photos are always gorgeous! (Oh yes, and the salad looks delicious as well!)

My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

Great presentation. Love caprese with buffalo mozzarella.

Recipe for Delicious said...

Stunning presentation, Kevin. The first few tomatoes just showed up at our market too.

Healthy and Homemade said...

Beautiful presentation, I like that you didn't crack black pepper over it. I hate when they do that in restaurants and you bite into the grit, it ruins the texture of this salad.

Diana Evans said...

you need to pop by and get some fresh tomatoes from our garden!!! this is wonderful...we had some salad tonight and it was amazing!!!

Cati said...

What a beautiful plate. Nice work!

Claudia said...

So pretty - Caaprese is always gorgeous. Caprese on a stick, caprese stacks, caprese salads, caprese pasta, caprese roses - I'm on your wave length. The combination is irresistable.

Taylor said...

This is gorgeous! I love a great caprese salad and this looks like a fabulous twist on it

Liz said...

It is still in the throws of Winter here in Australia but this dish really cheers me up! It makes me think of hot summer days by the pool. The colours and the brightness you have captured are incredible! Yum. Bring on summer!

Ana Powell said...

So good looking and full of vibrant colours ♥

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

jose manuel said...

Que ensalada tan sencilla y maravillosa. Esta con tu permiso me la copio, me ha encantado. SAludos

Joanne said...

I love a good caprese salad and the presentation here is gorgeous!

Amy B said...

I just had a Caprese salad at my cousin's last weekend and, I said to myself, this is the best thing ever! I like your addition of a dollop of pesto. Thanks for posting.

Lauren said...

What a gorgeous and clever way to serve caprese salad!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

beautiful presentation and the delicious salad

teresa said...

this is so gorgeous!

Laura (Recetas Trucos y Tips) said...

Hola!

I have just discovered your blog, I think it's amazing :)

I am your follower now

saludos desde España

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katerina said...

Beautiful presentation, but where is the balsamic? It is a must have for me :)

Pam said...

Nice Kevin - what a beautiful presentation.

Cheryl said...

What a smart idea, beautiful too!

Kalyn said...

Looks delicious! I've been in a Caprese Salad mood lately too.

Catherine said...

It looks absolutely GORGEOUS!

Kat said...

omg that looks amazing! Love it - gotta try it

Kat said...

omg that looks AMAZING! Gotta try it out sometime

Robert said...

That looks delicious. I love trying new salads, currently this is my favorite http://www.capturinghappiness.com/the-perfect-summer-salad/

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

You get bonus points for making a classic salad look so pretty.

This time of year is always something to look forward to tomato-wise. There is the caprese and of course the fresh marinara!

Melicious Meals said...

i still have some green and orange tomatoes in the fridge now, Gee thanks now i gotta run to the store to get buffalo mozz! You make simple ingredients look wonderful, I love your blog!

Kira said...

It's such a cute caprese too!

Celeste said...

This is beautiful - a work of art!

Karla @ {The Classy Woman} said...

Such a simple salad and what a beautiful presentation. Perfect as always! :)

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

just repeating what everyone else has said, that your presentation is INCREDIBLE and the pic makes me want to go out NOW and buy toms and mozz... and it's midnight here. x

Soma said...

This is one very pretty looking caprese.

"pup" said...

That looks absolutely beautiful!

smalltownoven said...

Such a creative presentation for one of my favorite dishes. Perfect for a summer dinner party!

Jan said...

Yum! Great picture too.

Paula said...

I love that kind of caprese salad!

Tengo un horno y sé cómo usarlo said...

Great version of an absolut classic! Joining your blog today. Congratulations for the recipes, and the photos, from Spain.

dena said...

Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous!

Kerstin said...

What a beautiful presentation and great way to elevate the standard caprese salad - love it!

Magic of Spice said...

Simply gorgeous...What a wonderful way of presenting this salad...Gorgeous :)

Marie said...

I never get tired of a summer Caprese Salad with a good glass of Chianti Classico wine. I love to find new ways to present it and last week I stacked the mozzarella, tomatoes and basil instead of "fanning" them the classic way - not unlike what you're presenting here! Your idea of chopping the tomatoes and tearing the mozzarella apart is even better, it's surely easier to eat without making a mess (which is what happened when I attacked my tower :). The photo is gorgeous, I'll try this plating next time!

Di said...

This looks beautiful and very tasty!

creeny said...

Wow, it looks great :)

Your wonderful version of the best summer salad ever inspired me to create something similar...

Pamela said...

Gorgeous!!

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

Wow; you have really come a long way; I remember when all of your photos were on one mat. Absolutely beautiful!

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