A Caprese salad is a simple recipe combining cheese, basil and extra-virgin olive oil to highlight fresh tomatoes. While many varieties exist, the best Caprese relies on seasonal ingredients harvested at their peak.
For Rachael Ray's recipe, layer a slice of tomato, a slice of mozzarella and a basil leaf, repeating in a pinwheel pattern. Pour olive oil over the plate, and sprinkle with fresh, ground salt and pepper. Use a pie server or spatula to serve one layered section.
To recreate Bon Appetit's heirloom tomato recipe, combine 3/4 cup halved heirloom tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil in a bowl. Let rest for 15 minutes, stirring intermittently to thicken the juices. Compose individual salad plates with sliced mozzarella, adding the tomato mixture spooned around on the side. Salt everything, and scatter small basil leaves over the top. Serve with a slice of grilled bread.
Try another Bon Appetit version using grilled tomato wedges paired with cold burrata cheese and purple basil. Season with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and black pepper.
Make a Caprese using a reduction of balsamic vinegar by heating it with honey for intense flavor. Pour the sauce and olive oil over tomatoes, mozzarella and basil seasoned with salt and pepper.