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A Different Approach to Insalata Caprese

A Different Approach to Insalata Caprese

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Insalata Caprese, which means Salad made in Capri, the region of Campania, in Italy, is a simple salad using ripe tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil and seasoning.


This salad is very popular in Italy during the summer when tomatoes and basil are at their peak freshness and flavour.

The combination of sweet tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil makes Caprese Salad a simple yet delicious dish.

The main ingredients of Caprese Salad include:

  1. Tomatoes: Ripe and sweet tomatoes are used, preferably varieties like “San Marzano” or “Cuore di Bue.”
  2. Mozzarella Cheese: Mozzarella di Bufala is mozzarella made from buffalo milk and is particularly flavorful and creamy. It’s one of the key ingredients of Caprese Salad.
  3. Fresh Basil: Fresh basil leaves are essential to add a touch of aroma and fragrance to the salad.
  4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: High-quality olive oil is used to dress the salad and add flavour.
  5. Salt and Black Pepper: These are used to season the salad.

My twist to Insalata Caprese

This vibrant and refreshing Caprese salad takes the classic Italian favourite to a delightful Mediterranean fusion.

I made a twist on this salad using halloumi and mint as well, both in the form of pesto and fresh mint.

I wanted to share this salad with you now that there are still some juicy tomatoes. Although this is the most simple salad you can make, don’t think that the taste will be simple as well, as it is full of flavour.

I do not give any specific amounts but depending on the slices of your tomatoes, you will need a slice of halloumi and a leaf of mint.


Ingredients needed:

  • Ripe medium size tomatoes
  • Halloumi slices
  • Mozzarella Balls
  • Mint pesto
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Oregano
  • Olive oil


  1. Peel (optional) and slice the tomatoes.
  2. Season each piece of tomato with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Add ½ tsp pesto on each slice of tomato.
  4. Top each piece of tomato with mozzarella, alternating with halloumi, a mint leaf and a basil leaf.
  5. Sprinkle some dried oregano on top and a drizzle of olive oil.

A Different Approach to Insalata Caprese

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Insalata Caprese is a traditional Italian salad that takes its name from the island of Capri, located off the coast of Campania. This salad is known for its simplicity and the freshness of its ingredients.


  • 4 ripe medium size plum tomatoes, cut into slices
  • 100 grams fresh mozzarella balls
  • 150 grams halloumi slices
  • 2 tbsp mint pesto
  • Fresh Mint and Basil Leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Oregano
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Wash, peel and slice the tomatoes 
  2. Season each piece of tomato with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Add some mint pesto on each slice of tomato.
  4. Top each slice of tomato with mozzarella and a basil leaf, alternating with a slice of tomato, halloumi, a mint leaf.
  5. End with a sprinkle of some of sea salt, black pepper and dried oregano and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 336Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 49mgSodium 525mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 8gProtein 16g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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Monday 12th of October 2009

nice lovely colour..

Choosy Beggar Tina

Sunday 11th of October 2009

Ivy, this looks GORGEOUS! We made a similar caprese twist just last week with jibneh (similar to halloumi) and I could have eaten the whole tray myself! Yum, yum, YUM!


Wednesday 7th of October 2009

Great take on a caprese salad!


Tuesday 6th of October 2009

Thanks Ivy:-D

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I love the twist you did with a different cheese, the pesto & the herbs. I did one few days back, I did a cubed caprese, but i guess it is just varied in the way it looks.


Monday 5th of October 2009

I think I would enjoy just about any combination of cheese, tomato, and herbs! Sounds delicious!

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