Italian Caprese Salad Appetizer

I first fell in love with Italian caprese salad when I was working at a little Italian restaurant in Portland. The mix of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic quickly became a favorite of mine. Those flavors meld together like no other and caprese salad quickly became one of those dishes where I just can’t stop refilling my plate. But, better than a plate of caprese is tossing that salad mixture on top of a fresh piece of bread. Boom – bruschetta! Mmmmmm!

Whether you choose to serve caprese salad alone or on bread, as an appetizer or a light meal, I’m warning you now, consider a double batch 🙂

Italian Caprese Salad Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Italian bread, baked and sliced into rounds
  • 16 ounces of mini mozzarella balls, quartered
  • 16 ounces cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 bunch of basil (8-10 leaves), minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

Directions

Quarter the mozzarella balls and tomatoes. Place in a mixing bowl and add olive oil. Toss until thoroughly coated. Add minced basil and gently incorporate. Spoon onto bread rounds and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. My personal favorite is a fancy infused balsamic like tangerine or pomegranate. Those two options pair marvelously with caprese!

Serve, enjoy, refill!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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