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Easy Italian Caprese Salad Recipe

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This Caprese Salad or the Insalata Caprese is a classic Italian dish that is loaded with juicy, perfectly ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fragrant basil. It’s topped with olive oil and a delicious balsamic glaze. The balsamic glaze brings together all the favors for an incredible Italian inspired meal, appetizer or snack. It is super easy to whip up, vibrant, yet incredibly tasty and naturally low carb.

italian caprese salad

Caprese salad is the perfect recipe for a hot summer day; it’s refreshing, tasty and light. During summertime salads are my to-go lunches since they are easy to make, delicious and they keep me hydrated and energized.

Ever since I visited Italy a few years ago, my absolute favorite summer dish is the Caprese Salad.

The combo of tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, and balsamic glaze it’s incredibly mouthwatering. And it looks outstanding too. The colors are so beautiful and vibrant.

easy low carb salad recipe

Why do I love to make Caprese Salad in the summer? Well, that’s because any tomato tastes excellent. I like to use larger varieties of tomatoes, Roma, cherry or grape tomatoes.

What ingredients to use for Caprese Salad?

To make the best tasting Caprese salad, use the freshest ingredients you can find. I love to drizzle thick balsamic glaze for an extra tangy and sweet taste in every bite.

  • Tomatoes, sliced ~1/2 inch thick
  • Fresh Mozzarella, sliced ~1/4 inch thick
  • Fresh Basil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Mixed Greens (Optional)
Ingredients for Caprese Salad

How to make Balsamic Glaze or reduction for Caprese Salad

To make my favorite balsamic glaze, you need only one ingredient: balsamic vinegar. For some extra sweetness, you can add molasses, honey or brown sugar while cooking (keep out for keto). Chose top quality ingredients because it cooks faster and tastes better than the cheaper balsamic vinegar.

  1. Add 2 cups balsamic vinegar to a medium pot or saucepan and place over medium heat.
  2. Bring to boil then reduce heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until it starts to thicken. You’ll know it done when it’s thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Allow cooling before serving.
  4. Each serving (1 tsp) has about 2g carbs, so that’s the perfect low carb dressing for the Caprese salad.

Give this salad a try at your next meal or surprise your guests. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

keto caprese salad with balsamic glaze and basil

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Easy Italian Caprese Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword caprese salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com
This Caprese Salad or the Insalata Caprese is a classic Italian dish that is loaded with juicy, perfectly ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fragrant basil. It’s topped with olive oil and a delicious balsamic glaze. The balsamic glaze brings together all the favors for an incredible Italian inspired meal, appetizer or snack. It is super easy to whip up, vibrant, yet incredibly tasty and naturally low carb.

Ingredients


  • 2-3 Tomatoes sliced ~1/2 inch thick
  • 8 oz Fresh Mozzarella sliced ~1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt to tast
  • Pepper to taste to taste
  • Mixed Greens Optional

Balsamic Glaze

  • 2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey optional

Instructions


  • Slice tomatoes and mozzarella.
  • Alternate the slices of tomatoes and mozzarella on a large plate.
  • Sprinkle chopped pieces of fresh basil on top.
  • Drizzle olive oil and balsamic glaze and serve immediately.

Balsamic Glaze

  • Add 2 cups balsamic vinegar to a medium pot or saucepan and place over medium heat.
  • Bring to boil then reduce heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until it starts to thicken. You’ll know it done when it’s thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Allow cooling before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving.
Calories
424kcal
Total Carbs
7g
Net Carbs
6g
Protein
26g
Fat
32g
Fiber
1g
Sugar
4g

How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

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This Caprese Salad or the Insalata Caprese is a classic Italian dish that is loaded with juicy, perfectly ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fragrant basil. It\'s topped with olive oil and a delicious balsamic glaze. The balsamic glaze brings together all the favors for an incredible Italian inspired meal, appetizer or snack. It is super easy to whip up, vibrant, yet incredibly tasty and naturally low carb.
Ioana

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  1. Hi there
    I want to go on this diet but to download all recipes take a long time.
    Is there maybe a way that you can e mail me some of your recipes please.
    Will really appreciate your help on this diet.





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