A simple Caprese salad—fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil— is the perfect easy appetizer or side salad for warm summer days. But there are endless ways to put this amazing combination of flavors and textures to work, be it a Vietnamese noodle bowl to a refreshing daiquiri. Here are 6 of our versions of this breakfast salad version.
For this noodle salad, you can combine the Italian trinity of tomato, basil, and mozzarella with Asian rice noodles and a version of the classic Vietnamese noodle sauce nuoc mam, made with fresh tomato juice. You could also call the dish an Asian-inflected take on spaghetti and meatballs.
Tomato and Tofu Caprese Salad with Asian Vinaigrette
For his multiculti take here, tofu and soy sauce stand-in for the traditional mozzarella and balsamic. “It’s refreshing without disrupting the romance of the original. Arrange the tomatoes, tofu, basil, and onion Caprese-style on a platter. Drizzle some of the vinaigrette on the salad and top with the bread crumbs. Pass the extra vinaigrette at the table.
This ultra-savory daiquiri evokes the flavors of a Caprese salad (tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella), one of mixologist Mathias Simonis’s favorite things to eat. He has created versions with oregano-infused rum and extra garnishes like olives and pickled peppers, which are fun to snack on.
Buffalo mozzarella, traditionally made from the milk of water buffalo, has an exquisite tangy edge. Shea Gallante ingeniously turns the cheese into a soup, liquefying it in a blender with the water it comes packed in and some fruity olive oil. Eat it while warm and your body will get the perfect taste from that.
Caprese Burger Salad
Salad can be filled in 2 buns which forming a burger salad. In this version on the classic Italian salad, Grace Parisi kneads basil pesto into ground beef before grilling, then tops the burgers with mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and even more pesto.
A Vegan Take on Caprese Salad
The Caprese salad is a cliché for a reason—when tomatoes are in season, there is no better way to serve them than with milky mozzarella, spicy basil, and fruity olive oil. There is no better way to serve them than with milky mozzarella, spicy basil, and fruity olive oil. This version, made with an olive-oil rich bean salad, was originally intended for the vegan (or dairy-free) friends in your life, but it’s so good that omnivores will love it, too.
You will love the flavors of Caprese with various combinations, but you can also make this salad drizzled with a bit of honey as a variation. Try it in many ways and see which you prefer. At any rate, the ingredients themselves are always delicious when combined together.