Caprese: Your Staple Spring Salad

Spring has arrived. Sunshine. Check. Patio. Check. Fresh caprese salad? Double check.

Whether you’re hosting your friends for a backyard BBQ or preparing a home-cooked meal for your family, there’s no fresher and tastier salad than a classic caprese.  A few simple ingredients, a few quick dices and chops, a quick drizzle of oil…and you have yourself a salad almost too pretty to eat.


Head to your local farmer’s market for an assortment of colourful heirloom tomatoes and cherry tomatoes – the more variation in colour the better.  Pick up some fresh basil leaves,  mozzarella di bufala, coarse salt and pink peppercorns.


  1. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella widthwise.  Don’t worry too much about consistency in cutting as asymmetry in shapes will add a more rustic look and feel to the dish.
  2. Layer the mozzarella and tomato alternating each one as you cover the surface of your serving platter (we recommend serving on a wooden board).
  3. Chop your fresh basil as fine or as coarse as you like – you may even layer with whole basil leaves.
  4. Lastly, drizzle the salad with extra virgin olive oil (or, infuse your oil with basil) and lightly sprinkle with some coarse salt and pink peppercorn throughout.

(Note: You can also transform this salad into mini caprese skewers!  Simply follow the same steps but instead layer the items onto mini skewers and pass around to your guests).

Happy snacking!