Insalata Caprese


So this is something that I put together for our good friend Allie’s birthday party at our house over the weekend. It is very basic and there are many different variations you can make based on your taste…

Hey, you like garlic? Add some chopped garlic!

Don’t like balsamic glaze? Pfffft… don’t add it to the platter!

All that maters really is that the 4 main components are there…. Tomato, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil!

If you think it would be best with Italian dressing? Do it!

Maybe a bit of parsley? Why not!

You get the point!

Here is what I did for my basic Insalata Caprese (Caprese Salad)


1 Ball of Mozzarella; sliced

4 Roma Tomatoes; cored and sliced

Fresh Basil Leaves

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Balsamic Glaze

1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 Cup Sugar

Assemble the mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil alternating each one. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

In a small sauce pan bring balsamic vinegar and sugar to a boil whisking constantly and reduce to a simmer while still whisking. Once it starts to reduce by half, remove from heat and allow to thicken.

Drizzle balsamic glaze over the insalata and serve!

Here is a run down as to what else happened….


I made my bacon wrapped pineapple!


We caught some butterflies!


We got a bit saucy…


I told you….


Then we popped some champagne!



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