To make a simple, gluten-free, Caprese balsamic vinegar salad, first stir together four parts balsamic vinegar with one part honey and reduce the mixture in a saucepan over high heat. Next, drizzle the balsamic vinegar mixture over slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves and sliced tomatoes.
Many recipes also call for olive oil, which you can drizzle over the tomatoes and cheese for extra flavor. Using cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil gives the dish a fuller taste. In addition, tossing grilled chicken breasts into the salad gives it higher nutritional value and converts it from a side dish to a well-rounded lunch. Be sure to grill the chicken breasts over charcoal to give the dish a more rustic flavor.
Some recipes incorporate 1 tablespoon of butter per 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar to make the reduction smoother. Serve the salad cold or warm depending on your preference. According to AllRecipes.com and JaniceAmeesGlutenFree.com, it takes fewer than 30 minutes to prepare this salad. Vegetarians can substitute chicken breasts for quinoa to add protein to the dish without relying on meats. Lactose intolerant cooks can switch regular mozzarella cheese for a lactose-free version of the cheese, which is available at GoVeggieFoods.com.