Alternating layers of fresh mozzarella, juicy heirloom tomatoes and crisp basil drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper. Enjoy this refreshing Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad on a hot summer’s day!
Thank you Mikasa & Lifetime Brands for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
There’s nothing better than tomatoes in the summertime! Especially heirloom tomatoes, which are known for their super-flavorful taste and floral/earthy scent. Make this caprese salad for your next barbecue or potluck! It’s super customizable too. Add some balsamic glaze if you want– and you can make as big or small of a platter you need!
**This post was updated in June 2017 to include this video!**
Just look at these beauties I found at Sprout’s. Heirloom tomatoes just feel different in your hand– they’re heavy and are all different shapes and sizes. My personal favorite are the yellow and orange tomatoes– they’re so sweet and refreshing.
Heirloom tomatoes are grown for a variety of reasons, such as historical interest, as well as their taste. The taste of heirloom tomatoes are perceived to be better than conventional tomatoes. They do have a shorter shelf life, but are more disease resistant than commercial tomatoes. I find them to be heavier for their size (which means they’re juicer) and they have much more flavor than a conventional tomato.
The basil I planted on my balcony seems to be thriving (so far, *knock on wood*) so it was easy to go out on the balcony and pluck some leaves for this dish. I just love the combination of fresh mozzarella with tomatoes– you’ve got the salt and sweet combo that is amazing together.
I’ve teamed up with Mikasa to highlight one of their 2016 designs: their new Savona dinnerware, in grey. My fiance were looking for a dinnerware set that we both liked. He didn’t want anything white, which is what I wanted. We both didn’t want anything with designs, too bright of colors, etc. We settled on grey as a neutral color we both liked. After much searching, I found these Mikasa plates in a beautiful grey color! They’re hand painted with a light grey swirl. Mikasa offered to send me some to try out to see if I liked them!
What’s so beautiful about them is that each plate/bowl/mug etc is different because they’re hand painted. They aren’t all the same exact shade, which we love. I also love that the bottoms are a pretty glazed white, which is a nice contrast. The grey is a light, almost steel-blue color. We all know grey is the new trend in basically everything– home goods, fashion, etc.
I love the contrast of the beautiful colorful heirloom tomatoes and green basil against the light grey plate. What a nice contrast! Go find some heirloom tomatoes today and make this yummy, refreshing salad any night of the week. It would be perfect to have after a weekend of heavy holiday eating/drinking. :)
Here’s the directions on how to make Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad!
- Heirloom tomatoes, sliced thin
- Fresh mozzarella slices
- Fresh basil leaves
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Arrange in layers the sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil on a plate. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Tip: Use 1-2 tomatoes per person you're serving. An 8oz ball of mozzarella will yield 8 slices.
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!