9 Ways to Caprese: A Tribute to Fresh Italian Flavor


The best things in life are… fresh. Especially when we’re talking Italian food. Fresh, simple, high quality ingredients are what Italian cuisine is all about, and there’s no better example of this than the caprese salad.

Caprese is super easy to prepare and made up of only a few fresh ingredients: a generous ball of fresh mozzarella, red ripe tomatoes for slicing, a handful of basil leaves and extra virgin olive oil for drizzling. Everyone loves this colorful combination and it’s easy to see why in its artful balance of flavors: creamy, milky mozzarella takes on the tomato’s acidity and the sweetly herbaceous basil, where the extra virgin olive oil adds a mild fruitiness that brings it all together. It’s like they were made for each other!

In fact, this seemingly simple salad is so popular that it has inspired a number of variations and caprese-style creations in the form of pizzas, flatbreads, pasta salads and more. Some of our favorite additions to the classic caprese include ingredients such as pesto, balsamic vinegar, strawberries, tuna, pasta, crostini toasts, you get the idea. There’s so many ways to love it.

Since tomato season is right around the corner, we thought the timing was right to share our favorite caprese recipes with you.

A Italian Grain bowl with Caprese strawberry orzo
Recipe: Caprese and Strawberry Orzo Bowl
Caprese tops a pasta in a bowl ready to be served
Recipe: Pasta Caprese
Recipe: Italian Tomato Bruschetta Caprese Salad
A chicken sandwich with caprese
Recipe: Chicken Caprese Sandwich
Tuna sandwich with caprese and olives
Recipe: Tuna & Olive Caprese Sandwich
gnocchi and caprese salad served in a bowl
Recipe: Gnocchi Caprese Salad
Skewers with caprese salad in a small amount of pesto
Recipe: Pesto Caprese Skewers
Sun-Dried Tomato Caprese Sandwich with Balsamic Glaze
Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato Caprese Sandwich with Balsamic Glaze
Chicken breasts in a pan topped with melted mozzarella tomatoes and balsamic glaze
Recipe: 30-Minute Caprese Chicken

Need some more inspiration? Check our gallery of recipes!