Christmas Caprese Salad! Serve it as a holiday salad or as a simple Christmas appetizer. This fun and festive candy cane caprese is always a hit around the holidays and the best part is that it’s super easy to make and can be assembled in minutes!
- 2–3 large vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
- 1 log fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced (see notes)
- Fresh basil leaves
- Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- Balsamic glaze, for drizzling
- Flaky sea salt (like Maldon salt)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Assemble: On a large platter or board, overlap the tomato slices, mozzarella slices and fresh basil leaves in an alternating pattern to form a candy cane shape. See the pictures in the post for a visual.
- Dress: Right before serving, drizzle over some olive oil and balsamic glaze and season with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Enjoy!
- Mozzarella: I like to use a log of fresh mozzarella since it is easy to slice up evenly. You can also slice up a ball of fresh mozzarella or large bocconcini (not baby size).
- Adjust quantity: The listed quantities will produce a Candy Cane Caprese the size shown in the photos. Use more or less tomatoes and fresh mozzarella to create the size you want. This is a super flexible recipe!
- Balsamic Glaze: You can make your own balsamic glaze or purchase one. I used the Nonna Pia’s Classic Balsamic Glaze which is delicious and made from quality ingredients. (Find it on Amazon or Well.ca)
- Make an appetizer board: Turn this salad into an easy Christmas appetizer by serving on a wooden board with crostini (toasted baguette slices) on the side and the olive oil and balsamic glaze in little bowls. Guests can then build their own caprese crostini.
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