23 Ways to Indulge in Caprese Salads This Summer

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If it’s one thing I look forward to in the warm summer months, it’s caprese salads! What’s not to love? Ripe juicy tomatoes of all different varieties and sizes, dreamy creamy cheese, fragrant garden basil and the best olive oil you can buy to finish it all off.

There’s so many variations of caprese salads this is just the tip of the iceberg, I could go on and on but this post would be extremely long!

Here’s a few of my favorites, some made for parties, get togethers, an appetizer, a lunch, even as an entree with good crusty bread is just enough on a hot summer day.

Mixing the colored green heirlooms with vine ripened red tomatoes makes for a pretty colorful looking platter, break open some burrata, add a drizzle of balsamic glaze, your best olive oil and whole leaves of basil.

caprese salad

I have this huge round platter and I always make this for parties, and you know what? None is ever leftover, everyone is crazy about caprese!

heirloom caprese

Use different colored heirlooms, not only for flavor but for a nice visual combination as well.

stacked caprese

Stack your caprese salads for individual sides or appetizers, this one was also layered with freshly made basil pesto.

roasted tomato caprese

Roast some tomatoes, tear open a ball of creamy burrata and grab some bread, this is lunch for me!

caprese crostini

Pass out these crostini to your guests and they will go bonkers, they’re crispy, creamy and dreamy topped with slow roasted tomatoes.

caprese salad

Fresh mozzarella or creamy burrata, it’s all good!

avocado caprese

Sometimes I might add some avocado into the mix, why not!

caprese salad

Here it is in all it’s glory, just sweet and simple.

party caprese

Fun to bring to a party, layers of bocconcini, sliced cherry tomatoes all in a row on top of a bed of spinach and arugula, dress it when you get to the party.

caprese saladbocconcini caprese

Can we talk about this for a minute? If you can find fresh, hand tied, homemade bocconcini like I can, don’t hesitate to buy a big container so you can make this caprese salad, one of my favorites! The flavors are out of this world!

swirl caprese

Sometimes I’ll add in some olives, why not?

heirloom and burrata caprese

I’m in love with those pretty colored heirlooms.

caprese salad

No words needed…

caprese with oliveseggplant caprese

Throw a caprese salad on top of nicely grilled eggplant, a wonderful appetizer to munch on.

vegetable caprese

Look close, there’s a caprese salad in that stack of vegetables, lunch anyone?

citrus caprese

Switch up your tomatoes for citrus sometimes, it’s bright and unexpected and especially good in the winter months.

orange capresemango caprese

Have you ever had a mango caprese? This one is layered with avocado and mint instead of basil, topped off with chopped pistachios, quite delicious and unique!

citrus and onion capresegrilled peach caprese

And finally, peaches are now in season, so grill some up, add a little prosciutto and enjoy this as your next caprese salad, it’s a meal in itself.

I could go on and on but these are some of my favorites, enjoy the best of summer eating with simple and delicious caprese salads!

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  1. Marie, these are wonderful! Can’t wait to try some of them.

  2. Doreen Anderson says

    Hi Marie!
    Doreen responding to your fabulous cooking! I always look forward to your recipes and your pictures are incredible. Thank You for inspiring me.

  3. Absolutely amazing ! Perfect summer treats 🙂

  4. Tonia McCurdy says

    Best post ever🍅

  5. Susan D Turner says

    I shared the picture of the caprese salad on top of the grilled eggplant on a Mediterranean Diet page I’m on on Facebook. I named your web site and have gotten almost 100 likes and several YUM! comments. I bet you’ll have more followers now-lol. I love your recipes and your photos are wonderful.

  6. Pam Callahan says

    What cheese did you use with the grilled peaches and prosciutto salad?

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