Heirloom tomatoes are plentiful right now, but soon won’t be. Don’t fret though, if you don’t have access to colorful heirlooms this recipe is delicious made with plain old red tomatoes. I was lucky enough to have friends with amazing tomato gardens that gave me the beauties you see here.
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This salad looks pretty spectacular but it’s as easy to make as dicing and slicing tomatoes and cheese and stacking them up on a bed of baby greens, then drizzling with a traditional balsamic vinaigrette. A favorite for summer in our house because it’s a light meal all by itself, but also makes a perfect side dish to just about any main course! I serve this salad with beef, chicken and pasta!
When Slicing Tomatoes…
It’s best to use a serrated knife. Serrated knifes cut through tomatoes easily while a straight edge has a tendency to smash the tomatoes a bit unless it’s freshly sharpened.
I use plenty of basil in this recipe! I leave some basil leaves whole and the rest I ‘chiffonade’. It sounds fancy but it’s really quite easy to do. Simply stack your leaves, roll them tightly and then slice. So easy even a novice in the kitchen can do it!
The Caprese Stack Salad Recipe
The Caprese Stack Salad
Yield 6 servings
A delicious stacked Caprese salad served on greens
- 1 -5 oz bag baby greens
- ⅓ cup basil leaf chiffonade
- 12 whole basil leaves
- 8 oz Mozzarella packed in water, thinly sliced
- 3 yellow heirloom tomatoes, 2 sliced, 1 diced
- 3 red heirloom tomatoes, 2 sliced, 1 diced
- ½ a small red onion, diced finely
- Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Sea salt
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- pinch sea salt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Slice and dice tomatoes.
- Place sliced cheese and tomatoes on a flat dish. Drizzle lightly with balsamic dressing and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
- Place greens on a platter. Add diced onions, diced tomatoes and chopped basil, toss. Dress with vinaigrette and toss.
- Plate salad on individual salad plates and “stack” alternately layers of cheese, yellow tomato, whole basil leaf, cheese, red tomato, basil leaf, cheese…
- Combine ingredients, whisk till blended well, drizzle over salad and toss. Extra dressing can be saved for two weeks.
I hope this salad soon becomes a family favorite! ~ Linda Spiker
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