Simple meals are essential in the summer, and Caprese salad is perhaps the best example. It’s easy, fresh and oh-so-delicious. At its most basic, this Italian classic requires just three key ingredients: fresh mozzarella cheese, ripe tomatoes and basil leaves.
The best part about Caprese salad is that it’s endlessly flexible. While it’s traditionally served as an antipasto (appetizer), we’re mixing in ideas for Caprese-inspired lunches and dinners as well. All of these recipes capitalize on summer’s harvest, so be sure to visit your local farmer’s market for tomatoes, fresh basil and any other ingredients you may need.
Don’t forget—Caprese salad is meant for sharing! Invite your family, friends and neighbors over to enjoy this colorful dish all summer long.
Our Better Caprese boasts the flavors of the classic, but with a twist: Wisconsin burrata cheese! If you can believe it, burrata is even milkier and creamier than fresh mozzarella. Served atop tomatoes, basil and a generous drizzle of olive oil, burrata cheese is downright irresistible. Remember—with just a few ingredients in this dish, buying high quality is important.
These Heirloom Tomato and Basil Caprese Wraps are a no-brainer for time-strapped parents. Creamy Wisconsin fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and basil leaves are rolled up in a tortilla for a quick and kid-friendly lunch. The addition of crunchy romaine lettuce, salami slices and a creamy balsamic sauce adds cool texture and a salty, tangy kick.
From an easy lunch to a sophisticated dinner, Caprese salad is transformed with Fresh Mozzarella Ratatouille Stacks. Roasted eggplant, bell peppers and zucchini are layered between creamy slices of Wisconsin fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil for a restaurant-worthy entrée. If you’re jonesing to fire up the grill this month, try grilling the vegetables instead of roasting them for a smokier result.
This Cheese Curd Caprese Salad proves the addition of squeaky curds makes everything taste better. Fresh Wisconsin cheese curds are tossed with Italian herbs, arugula, heirloom tomatoes, and a simple oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. It serves just one hungry belly, but can easily be tripled or quadrupled for toting to summer BBQs and picnics.
What Caprese recipe will you be serving up this summer?