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Heirloom Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Heirloom Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

What’s not to love about juicy ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and creamy mozzarella cheese? I really love making caprese salads in the summer so I can use the big beautiful heirloom tomatoes that are available. I used to occasionally drizzle regular balsamic vinegar on top of caprese salads for an added depth of flavor but then I discovered how reducing the balsamic vinegar down to a glaze intensifies the flavor and makes this salad extra special.  This caprese salad with balsamic reduction is always a big hit when I serve it to my family or to dinner guests and it disappears quickly.

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Heirloom Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

How to Make an Heirloom Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low then cook until thickened and reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Slice the heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Layer tomatoes, cheese, and basil in a spiral on your serving plate. Drizzle with good olive oil then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Drizzle the cooled balsamic vinegar on top. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Heirloom Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Heirloom Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Heirloom Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup good balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes sliced
  • 2 balls of mozzarella sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Good olive oil to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low then cook until thickened and reduced by half, about 10 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Slice the heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  • Layer tomatoes, cheese, and basil in a spiral on your serving plate.
  • Drizzle with good olive oil then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
  • Drizzle the cooled balsamic vinegar on top.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy.
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8 Comments

  1. This is so gorgeous and has me ridiculously excited for summer tomatoes!!

  2. Love tomatoes at this time of the year. SO good! And this salad looks great — taste of summer. Thanks.

  3. It looks beautiful; there’s nothing better than a nice heirloom tomato. They just taste like summer!

  4. What great way to fix summer’s bounty. This salad looks delicious.

  5. Salads like these are the best part of summer! And the balsamic reduction just makes them extra special.

  6. caprese is my JAM! i could eat that combo every day, probably more than once! beautiful and mouth-watering plate. 🙂