This tasty marinated tomato
caprese salad is so simple to
make and is packed with
flavor. So pleasing on the eyes
and even tastier to the tongue.
Want to talk about a simple salad? Caprese salad. Usually this salad consists of tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Seems easy enough, right?
Well, I wanted something more. I needed something that really holds some flavor. And that’s where this recipe came from.
Why not let your tomatoes marinated in a good marinate before structuring your salad? And that’s what we are going to do. This recipe is so simple to make to top it off.
I started with 3 large ripe tomatoes. Next you want to make kind of thick slices with all the tomatoes. Not super thick, but the size you would get on your burger at a good burger joint.
Now you want to mix all your marinate ingredients in a bowl and admire how pretty that is. I used a small casserole dish and started layer my tomatoes and then some marinated over and over. You want to make sure each layer of tomatoes get some marinade.
Just cover and place in the refrigerator for an hour or two. I like to turn my tomatoes every 30 minutes so each tomato can get its chance to be at the bottom of the dish and be completely submerged in the marinade.
When cutting the fresh mozzarella cheese, it’s best if you have a cheese slicer because it will cut through smoothly like butter. You want to make these slices slightly thinner than the tomato slices.
Next diagonally layer your tomatoes and cheese one after one on your plate. After you have it all setup take some of the marinade and drizzle over top. How much is totally up to you. I personally like quite a bit of marinade because I cannot get enough of this marinade.
This is a great salad to share as a side with friends or be like me and make it your next lunch.
Marinated Tomato Caprese Salad
- 4 large ripe tomatoes
- 16 oz fresh mozzarella
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
- 3 1/2 TBSP red wine vinegar
- 2 TBSP green onion
- 4 TSP balsamic vinegar
- 2 TSP of red pepper flakes
- 1/2 TSP garlic salt
- Mix all marinade ingredients together in a small bowl
- Slice tomatoes into slightly thick slices
- Line a small casserole dish with tomatoes and then pour marinade on top and keep layering
- Cover and refrigerate for an hour or 2
- When ready to serve slice fresh mozzarella in slices slightly thinner than the tomatoes
- Layer a tomato then mozzarella and keep layering
- Drizzle some of the marinade on top of salad