Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again… The Italians know how to do ‘simple’ really well, i.e. they know when to stop. And, so it is with this Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction, with its Italian flag colours of red, white and green.

While it only boasts three basic ingredients – tomatoes, basil leaves and mozzarella – the tastes and textures that they yield as a combined dish are quite phenomenal. It doesn’t need much more than a drizzle of olive oil and some sea salt over top, however I added some reduced balsamic vinegar for a bit of extra kick… and, oh… mamma mia! Talk about delishimo.

As the salad relies so heavily on the taste of its three main ingredients, it’s vital to use the highest quality ingredients you can get your hands on. I used organic vine tomatoes and basil, a good quality mozzarella and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. This dish is served historically as a starter course, though it functions perfectly well as a light lunch – I halved the recipe below for a single lunch dish for myself.

It’s ridiculously easy to put together – the only thing you have to ‘make’ is the reduced balsamic vinegar, which is a cinch. If you haven’t made or tasted balsamic reduction before, you’re in for a real treat – it’s a thick, syrupy sweet and sour sauce which livens up whatever it’s on. Enjoy!



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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 2 Servings


  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 flavoursome tomatoes
  • 1 ball of mozzarella cheese
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to drizzle
  • Cracked sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Put the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture has reduced by at least half, or to a syrup consistency of your choosing.
  • Slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese thickly and arrange, along with the basil leaves, in an overlapping pattern on a serving plate.
  • Drizzle olive oil over top, then the balsamic reduction and serve immediately.
Keyword Caprese Salad
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Susan, AKA Kiwicook
About The Author
Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.


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    Love a simple caprese anytime! It is summer in a mouthful! Remember summer? I am done with winter already!!


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