Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction is a classic Italian dish that combines fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, drizzled with a sweet and tangy balsamic reduction. This salad is simple yet elegant, perfect as a starter or a light meal.


  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey or sugar
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. To make the balsamic reduction, pour the balsamic vinegar and honey (or sugar) into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the vinegar has reduced by about half and thickened to a syrup-like consistency. Set aside to cool.
  2. On a large platter, arrange the sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, alternating them and overlapping slightly.
  3. Tuck fresh basil leaves between the slices of tomato and cheese.
  4. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the arranged tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
  5. Drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil over the top.
  6. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately, enjoying the blend of fresh flavors and the rich balsamic reduction.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 200-250
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Protein: 12g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes for the balsamic reduction


  • Serves: 4

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction is a dish that celebrates the simplicity and flavors of its ingredients. The sweet and tangy balsamic reduction perfectly complements the creamy mozzarella and juicy tomatoes, making this salad a favorite for its delightful taste and elegant presentation.

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