Caprese Salad with Olives

I should have titled this post, ‘shamelessly simple’. It’s quick to prepare and contains a powerful blend of flavors from the sweet tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella, salty pitted olives, torn basil leaves, salt, cracked pepper, and golden extra virgin olive oil.

This may be the first time I’ve actually put the entire recipe in the first paragraph of my post. Shameless. Utterly shameless.

Typically, this salad is made from sliced tomatoes layered on a platter with basil leaves and sliced fresh mozzarella. Pretty simple as well, but I shortcut it even further by chopping and dropping the ingredients into a bowl. I like the contrast of olives with the tomatoes and added a hand full to the salad as well.

The olives also gave me the opportunity to use my new cherry/olive pitter, a gift from OXO Good Grips at the IFBC conference I attended in May. I never thought I would need a pitter but have since found myself using it for not only cherries but olives too. The pits fly right out with ease!

Perfect for a picnic since it doesn’t contain any mayo or eggs. It also works well for a large gathering since it’s easy to serve and is a substantial salad in case any of your guests are vegetarian. I served it as a savory salad at brunch and it found it a nice contrast to the accompanying fruit salad.

Caprese salad leftovers make for out of this world sandwich topping. Take your favorite crusty baguette and fill with any meat of your choice, then scoop on a helping of this salad. Or as you’ll see below, use the salad to fill a fluffy omelet.

More caprese salad ideas:
Caprese Salad with Apricots – Kalyn’s Kitchen
Caprese Omelet – Poor Girl Eats Well
Caprese Skewers – YumSugar
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad with Sumac – Jane Spice

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  • patsyk July 23, 2009, 7:30 pm

    Looks fabulous! Simple, but full of flavor!

  • Cody July 23, 2009, 7:57 pm

    Looks yummy! I’ve actually never eaten caprese salad… though, I really want to try it.

  • nina July 24, 2009, 12:14 am

    I make mini-caprese salads for my cocktail parties and always add olives….it adds saltiness to the otherwise bland mozzarella!!!

  • Erin July 24, 2009, 10:08 am

    These are all of my favorite things! One night I actually sent CK out to Whole Foods specifically to buy that exact olive pitter so I could make stuffed olives. The thing is … he doesn’t even eat them. It was all for my selfish snacking pleasure. I’m such a slave driver, right?

    I hope your vacation is going spectacularly!

  • Peter G July 24, 2009, 10:16 am

    This is one of my all time favourite salads Allen! I love its simplicity!

  • zoe July 24, 2009, 10:35 am

    I was thinking of getting an olive pitter, so it really works? This salad is great and versatile.

  • kat July 24, 2009, 12:56 pm

    Fantastic

  • Tamara July 24, 2009, 2:29 pm

    Hi Allen. I just wanted to say thanks for the vegetarian recipes. :)

  • maybelles mom July 24, 2009, 5:04 pm

    I need to get myself one of those Oxo goodgrip pitters. I keep reading about them.

  • Diane July 24, 2009, 7:10 pm

    Now this is something I make all the time (sans olives, tho, just can’t bring myself to like olives) and we are about to make the first of the summer with fresh tomatoes from the garden :-)

  • Daily Diner July 27, 2009, 10:08 am

    this is my favorite summertime meal, side dish, appetizer, snack, and maybe dessert!

  • Bill Medifast July 28, 2009, 10:59 am

    This salad is an absolute delight. The taste is so elegant and the addition of the olives is just perfect. My entire family loved it, even the kids and they don’t usually like salad that isn’t full of ceasar dressing.

  • Manggy July 29, 2009, 12:31 pm

    You never thought you would need a pitter? Ah, it’s time to make clafoutis, or better yet, pie! ;)

  • Allen August 3, 2009, 5:42 pm

    The pitter works extremely well on cherries and is good for medium sized olives too. A few large olives were difficult to fit into the allotted space and super small olives are 95% pit.

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