Heirloom Caprese Salad

by Dorothy Reinhold on August 31, 2014

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Even though school is back in session, summer is still going strong here, and heirloom tomatoes are bursting out everywhere!

A Sunday morning trip to the farmers market or supermarket is not complete until I have a satchel full of heavy tomatoes in every color, gnarled and ridged, striped and flecked with imperfections — a particular brand of unique beauty only heirlooms have.

Heirloom Caprese Salad | ShockinglyDelicious.comHeirlooms also have unbeatable flavor, which is why we use them in a classic Caprese Salad

Heirloom Caprese Salad | ShockinglyDelicious.comYou know caprese, right? Fresh mozzarella (not the rubbery stuff), a slice of juicy heirloom tomato, a fresh basil leaf, a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Hint: The salt I use is my secret ingredient.

That’s really the entire recipe right there. But of course I’ll write it out for you, in case this is your first time making it.

We can make a whole lunch or dinner out of this, with some good French or Italian bread, a glass of wine, and maybe a couple of bites of something else. Salami? A green salad? Dessert? You decide.

Make this, before the heirlooms are gone and Fall descends.

Heirloom Caprese Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Varies, from 4-8

Classic Caprese Salad gets a flavor boost from late-summer heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and a splash of good olive oil. The secret ingredient is truffle salt!


  • Heirloom tomatoes (use a variety of colors if you can)
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh basil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Truffle salt (or kosher or sea salt)


  1. On a serving tray or platter, assemble stacks, with a tomato slice on the bottom, topped with a mozzarella slice and a basil leaf.
  2. When you have the platter filled, drizzle over all with olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of truffle salt. If your family doesn't like truffle salt (first of all, what's wrong with them? Second of all, send me your bottle!), substitute kosher salt or sea salt or another favorite flavored salt. How about Pink Hawaiian salt, for example?
  3. Allow 1-2 stacks per person for an appetizer or side salad dish, or perhaps 4-5 if you are using this as a main course. Make plenty!


Recipe source; Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious. This is a classic recipe and each person makes it her own way, but most recipes for this are similar.


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