Ultimate Caprese Salad

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Ultimate Caprese Salad


  • 1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes, preferably heirloom, halved
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 2 pounds mixed medium and large tomatoes, preferably heirloom, cut into thin slices and/or wedges
  • 8 ounces buffalo mozzarella or mozzarella, room temperature, torn into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves 
  • 1/2 cup balsamic reduction


  1. Toss cherry tomatoes with 1 Tbsp. oil in a small bowl; season with salt.
  2. Arrange tomato slices on a platter, slightly overlapping; season generously with salt. Arrange mozzarella over tomatoes; lightly season mozzarella with salt. Spoon cherry tomatoes over salad and drizzle with olive oil; season with pepper. 
  3. Let stand 30 minutes to let flavors meld and release juices from tomatoes and mozzarella.  Drizzle with balsamic reduction before serving.

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