This Italian Traditional Caprese Salad recipe is the PERFECT healthy summertime dish that’s super simple to make!
An Italian Favourite
It won’t surprise you to learn that this Neapolitan traditional dish is named after the island of Capri in Italy! The Traditional Caprese Salad is widely renowned for its simplicity, freshness, and colour palate – which reflects the Italian flag (just like the margarita pizza!).
This refreshing salad literally tastes like sunshine and it’s one of my favourite healthy, keto-friendly dishes to serve in the summer months!
Traditional Caprese Salad Ingredients
- Tomato: sliced into 4.
- Fresh mozzarella: sliced into 4.
- Basil leaves: sliced.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and fresh pepper
How to Make this Traditional Caprese Salad Perfectly
- Place sliced tomatoes and mozzarella on a large plate or platter.
- Top with chiffonade basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
How Many Calories in a Caprese Salad?
With just 111 calories and 2g carbs, this is the perfect salad go-to for anyone following a lo-carb diet. The 6g of protein per serving will help you to hit your daily protein intake also. If you’re not concerned with carbs, you can add some bread to the salad to make it even more filling – just watch out for the portions and extra calories that come with it!
What to Serve with Caprese Salad
Caprese salad pairs perfectly with a crunchy bread such as bruschetta and it’s also absolutely FAB when served on creamy avocado toast. That said, this traditional Caprese salad is an excellent main dish all on its own too!
How Do You Pronounce Caprese?
If you’re wondering how to actually pronounce “Caprese” you’re not alone! I was pretty unsure myself until I searched online for some pointers. Interestingly enough, I found out that there are small variations in the pronunciation depending on where you’re from.
In the US, it’s usually pronounced “kuh-prey-sey”, whereas people in the UK AND Australia will say “kah-pray-zee”. I guess you can decide which one you prefer for yourself!
What Kind of Wine to Serve with Caprese Salad?
Traditional Caprese Salad is best served with a refreshingly fruity wine such as Sauvignon Blanc. Other dry sparkling wines that work excellently with this dish include Sancerre, Albarino, Falanghina, and Fiano.
If you are looking for some more mouth-watering Salad recipes, try these:
- Herbed Potato Salad With Avocado
- Baby Potato & Pea Salad With Garlic Bacon Aioli
- Pesto Tomato, Egg & Avocado Breakfast Salad
- Shrimp Caesar Salad
- Simple Marinated Vegetable Salad
Enjoy this with your summer tomatoes that should be starting anytime soon!! This is the perfect healthy way to eat them alllll summer long! Happy not cooking!
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Traditional Caprese Salad
Traditional Caprese Salad is usually not a chopped up salad but rather tomato slices and slices of fresh mozzarella that are topped with olive oil and fresh basil. I also add balsamic vinegar for a kick!
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Total Time
- 10 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 large tomato sliced into 4 slices
- 4 oz fresh mozzarella sliced into 4slices
- 5-6 basil leaves sliced
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- salt and fresh pepper
Place sliced tomatoes mozzarella on a large plate or platter.
Top with chiffonade basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.