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Classic or Crazy, the Caprese Salad is Peak Summer

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Maybe it’s the weighty, perfectly ripe tomatoes. Or possibly the combination of cool, creamy mozzarella with sharp, peppery basil. It could simply be the fact that it doesn’t require a stove or oven. Whatever the reason, caprese salad is the summer salad.

It’s a simple antipasto, but with ample room for interpretation. Experiment with Roma, cherry, Golden Jubilee, or beefsteak tomatoes. Try infused olive oils or sprinkle fresh oregano instead of basil. If you really want to get crazy, substitute a different fruit or sample feta or halloumi cheese. It's a salad that embraces the spontaneity and simplicity of summer. In that same spirit, go ahead and try one of these 11 Caprese salad–inspired recipes. Or invent your own. Anything is possible in summer.

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The Classic

Caprese Salad
Caprese Salad

Kinda Caprese

Brown Butter Lobster Caprese Salad
Brown Butter Lobster Caprese Salad
Summer Pasta alla Caprese

Summer Pasta alla Caprese by Merrill Stubbs

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with No-Cook Tomato Sauce by Sarah Jampel

Caprese Tart

Caprese Tart by TheRunawaySpoon

Caprese Soup

Caprese Soup by Savour

Summertime spontaneity

A Pseudo-Caprese Salad
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A Pseudo-Caprese Salad
Buffalo Mozzarella with Balsamic Glazed Plums, Pine Nuts and Mint

Buffalo Mozzarella with Balsamic Glazed Plums, Pine Nuts ... by Brita

Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad

Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad by sweet enough

Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils
Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils
Grilled Peach, Halloumi, and Mint "Caprese"
Grilled Peach, Halloumi, and Mint "Caprese"

Have another interpretation of the caprese? Let us know below!

Tags: caprese salad, easy dinner, no oven