Caprese all day, every day

It is my very humble opinion that nothing says summer like a Caprese Salad with fresh seasonal tomatoes. For a basic treat such as this, I can only include one of my infamous non-recipes, found below. A traditional Caprese consists of sliced tomatoes, sliced bocconcini, olive oil, balsamic, basil, salt and pepper. Like pesto, you can change up the herbs to create different simple salads with different flavours.

I was pleased to have the opportunity to sample a couple of Tre Stelle bocconcini products, as displayed in the salad images below. For the sliced vine tomato Caprese, I used Tre Stelle's brand-new Bocconcini Medallions. Having the cheese ready to go eliminated one more step to make Caprese actually the simplest and most elegant salad of all time. Instead of basil, I swapped in peppery kale micro greens for a refreshing change.

For the grape tomato Caprese, I selected Tre Stelle's Mini Mini Bocconcini and paired them with a diced herb blend of watercress and parsley. Both salads were topped with a drizzle of really good olive oil and some balsamic reduction. It is my belief that your tomatoes will benefit from a lot of salt and pepper so be liberal.

Since this salad consists of so few ingredients, make sure to use high quality items, from your olive oil to the salt you choose.

Non-Recipe for Caprese Salad:

  • Handful of tomatoes, sliced - Consider colourful heirlooms, sweet grape tomatoes or wonderful, red vine tomatoes
  • Bocconcini - Look at Tre Stelle's family of products for Medallions, Balls or Pearls of Bocconcini to match the size of your tomatoes
  • Herbs – Basil is traditional, but consider any soft herbs or greens, such as, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, cilantro or wasabi arugula
  • Drizzle of high-quality, cold-pressed, extra-version olive oil
  • Drizzle of high-quality balsamic vinegar – I used a balsamic reduction for even more intense flavour
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Salt – consider Fleur de Sel or Himilayan pink salt


  1. Wow - a picture truly is worth a 1,000 words...and of course stirs the taste buds. Great post here Jess especially on the "less is more" aspect of ensuring that everything involved here is of high quality to heighten the gastronomical experience.

    Seasonal or not...this made me hungry for some salad. :) Cheers, Andy