Simple Caprese Salad

I whipped this up for my husband one night because we always have tomatoes, mozzarella and basil on hand at home. .  and who would have known I was going to receive so many comments and likes on Facebook for this one?  So, I am posting this very simple recipe and hope you will enjoy!  This time, I used the same balsamic glaze I made from this recipe for my caprese salad. It was divine! You get a little garlic and sweet & sour with the balsamic and the basil, cheese and tomato all in one bite! It’s heaven. For reals. 😛

This salad is my absolute favorite!!!

Hip Foodie Mom’s Caprese Salad


(to serve 2 people)

  • 2 whole Ripe Tomatoes, sliced semi-thick
  • fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced semi-thick
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Olive Oil, For Drizzling
  • Kosher Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • if not trying the glaze, you just need balsamic vinegar

for the balsamic glaze

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed or chopped


  1. For the glaze: In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar, maple syrup, mustard and garlic to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until thick, about 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. While the glaze is cooling, prep your tomatoes, basil and mozzarella
  3. Assemble:
    1. Drizzle a little olive oil on the plate
    2. Place the tomatoes on the plate and season them with salt & pepper
    3. Layer on the mozzarella and then a single basil leaf or you can tear the basil with your hands (do not cut the basil with a knife; it will turn black)
    4. Drizzle balsamic glaze on top (or just some balsamic vinegar if you are not making the glaze & you might want to add a little more salt & pepper to taste; with the glaze, you don’t need it!)

Hope you enjoy!!


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