Heirloom Tomato Caprese

Heirloom Tomato Caprese
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Heirloom Tomato Caprese

Terrapin Restaurant

Heirloom Tomato Caprese

A Caprese salad is usually sliced tomatoes alternated with sliced mozzarella and basil leaves with olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled on top. It is really more of an antipasto than a traditional salad. This version takes it back into the salad world and it becomes a great dish to serve at any summer event, from a barbecue to a formal dinner.

The key to a great Caprese is great ingredients; since there are only a few, you need to make sure they really shine. Tomatoes have a wide range of quality going from tasteless to mind-blowing. Though recent advances in winter greenhouse tomatoes have dramatically increased the quality of off-season tomatoes, there is nothing like an in-season ripe local tomato.

Heirloom tomatoes tend to bruise more easily than regular tomatoes, but they have better flavor. The best way to tell is with your nose. This is true for basil and most other fruits and vegetables as well: how it smells is how it will taste.

Click here to see 15 Tastiest Heirloom Tomato Recipes.


For the balsamic vinaigrette

Combine the vinegar, mustard, and garlic in a bowl and whisk well. While still whisking, add the oil in a thin stream. (This can also be done in a blender.) Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

For the salad

In a large salad bowl, mix together the tomatoes, onion, mozzarella, and basil. Drain the liquid released by the tomatoes and toss with ¼-½ cup of the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with crusty bread and basil pesto, if desired.


Calories per serving:

701 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 25 g
  • Protein 17 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 60 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 743 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 36 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 36 mg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 10 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 40 µg
  • Ash 2 g
  • Calcium, Ca 38 mg
  • Carotene, beta 443 µg
  • Cholesterol 39 mg
  • Choline, total 11 mg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 39 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 9 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 8 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 14 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic 11 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 2 g
  • Folate, DFE 20 µg
  • Folate, food 20 µg
  • Folate, total 21 µg
  • Fructose 4 g
  • Glucose (dextrose) 4 g
  • Glutamic acid 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 2 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 143 µg
  • Lycopene 4592 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 37 mg
  • Niacin 1 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 58 mg
  • Phytosterols 14 mg
  • Potassium, K 637 mg
  • Quercetin 1 mg
  • Selenium, Se 1 µg
  • Sodium, Na 505 mg
  • Sugars, total 10 g
  • Water 226 g
  • Zinc, Zn 1 mg
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