When you're using tomatoes in season, they need very little dressing or accompaniment. Caprese salad is a wonderful way to showcase their beauty and depth of flavor.

Traditionally caprese salad (which is Italian) is just tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil, dressed with olive oil and salt. Because it is so minimalistic, it's important to use good quality ingredients. February tomatoes and August tomatoes are miles apart in terms of flavor and texture, for example.

Many people like to add a drizzle of balsamic syrup, so I've included that option, too.


  • Good quality, in season, ripe grape tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Good quality olive oil
  • Kosher salt or sea salt
  • Optional: good quality balsamic vinegar


  1. Tear the mozzarella cheese into small chunks. Cut the tomatoes.
  2. Arrange the basil leaves, tomatoes, and mozzarella on individual plates or on a communal platter.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Optional: Add a small amount of reduced balsamic vinegar.