Making this 3-ingredient caprese salad couldn’t be more convenient and easy, and it is so incredibly good! You can have it ready to go from start to finish in less than 10 minutes. Here’s how I make it.

If you’re looking for more fresh (and addictive) tomato salad ideas like this easy caprese salad, also try my Marinated Tomato Salad, Cucumber Tomato Salad and Mediterranean Tomato Feta Salad.

What is a Caprese Salad?

Caprese salad is a classic salad that originated in Italy. It’s traditionally made with tomatoes, sliced fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil.

How to Make Caprese Salad

  • Prep the tomatoes and cheese. To start, slice up your tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  • Arrange the ingredients. Use a plate and evenly arrange your tomato slices and mozzarella slices.
  • Season. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Drizzle. Drizzle the salad with your homemade basil olive oil mixture and (optionally) the balsamic glaze.

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

How to Make Your Own Homemade Basil Olive Oil

There’s a good chance that extra virgin olive oil is my number one most used cooking ingredient. I literally use it with just about everything, not just for its flavor but its health benefits as well.

Olive oil is a great source of disease-fighting antioxidants thanks to its high monounsaturated fatty acid content. It’s also been found to improve insulin resistance, cholesterol levels, and even provide certain anti-inflammatory benefits. (1)

With all of that in mind, here’s how you can make your own homemade basil olive oil to pair with this caprese salad.

  • Blend until smooth. Add your fresh basil leaves and extra virgin olive oil to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Simmer. Take your blended mixture and add it into a saucepan. Let it simmer for about 45 seconds.
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Start by straining the oil through a fine mesh strainer before straining it a second time using a paper filter (a coffee filter works great for this) into a small bowl.
  • Give the basil oil a few hours to settle at room temperature.

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Is Caprese Salad Healthy?

It all depends on what exactly you’re making your salads with and there are certainly exceptions to every rule. With that being said, caprese salad is quite a healthy salad option indeed. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Plenty of important micronutrients. Tomatoes are an excellent source of several essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, vitamin k, and folate, while the basil leaves also provide you with vitamins A and C, manganese, magnesium, and more.
  • Antioxidant content. Both tomatoes and the basil olive oil drizzle are packed full of antioxidants. Tomatoes provide you with an antioxidant compound known as lycopene. (2)
  • Heart healthy fats. Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, which consists of plenty of heart healthy fats and healthy vegetables.
  • Excellent source of calcium. Last but not least, this caprese salad recipe is also a great source of dietary calcium thanks to the mozzarella cheese slices.

Caprese Salad

(You may also like: Chunky Cucumber Tomato Salad with Avocado Vinegar Dressing)

How to Make Caprese Salad (The Easy Way!)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 12 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves plus extra for serving
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • store-bought balsamic glaze, optional
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Add the olive oil and basil to a blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Arrange the tomato slices and mozzarella slices on a plate. 
  • Season with salt and black pepper to taste. 
  • Drizzle with basil olive oil and balsamic glaze (if using).
  • Decorate with extra fresh basil leaves and serve.
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Emma Kelly

Lover of smoosh faced dogs, cooking (of all kinds), spending as much time as I can in the garden (especially with homegrown veg and cut flowers), and diy’ing everything! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest for more easy meals, (mostly) healthy desserts and crave-worthy snacks. Learn more about me here.

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