Italian Flag Salad (Caprese)

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by evelynathens

So elegant and so simple. This is my little adaptation of the classic Caprese salad...everything is the same except that the fresh basil has been replaced by purchased (or homemade if you have it on hand) pesto sauce. I like this version more because I think the salty/garlicky/nutty pesto does more for the other two ingredients.

Top Review by Daniela

Brilliant idea to use pesto! I always have pesto on hand but I don't always have fresh basil. We eat this all the time in the summer months and everyone that's tried it prefers it this way. It's simple to make and very flavorful. Thank you for sharing this.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make sure you serve this on a white platter!
  2. Wash and dry the tomatoes.
  3. Remove the stem and cut into slices, approximately 1/2 inch thick, lengthwise.
  4. Arrange slices decoratively on platter.
  5. Drizzle with just the barest amount of olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt (sea salt is wonderful!) and coarsely ground, FRESH black pepper.
  6. Cut the mozzarella into slices approximately 1/3 inch thick and arrange 1 slice of cheese per slice of tomato.
  7. (the mozzarella balls available in Greece are pretty small- maybe 3-4oz).
  8. What you want is a white slice of cheese just covering the tomato slice, but with the red of the tomato peeking through.
  9. Dot each mozzarella round with 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of pesto.
  10. Serve with lots of crusty bread!

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