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12 Recipes That Prove You Can Caprese Anything

23 May 2024
by Giadzy
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These variations on the classic tomato-mozzarella salad prove it’s a foolproof formula for deliciousness.

Nothing signals summertime to us quite like a platter loaded with thick slices of ripe tomato and creamy fresh mozzarella, scattered with fragrant basil leaves and drizzled with flavorful golden olive oil. Insalata caprese is pure, delicious simplicity that has been beloved for a century, and it’s easy to see why. 

But it turns out that the Caprese is much more than a tasty salad. By looking at its four basic ingredients as building blocks that can be remixed and reimagined, Giada has turned Caprese salad into many delicious creations over the years. Scroll through the recipes below for a choose-your-own-Caprese adventure! 

Caprese Frittata

Caprese Frittata

Brunch for a crowd is a snap when you bake cherry tomatoes and diced mozzarella with fluffy scrambled eggs—with a mound of fresh Caprese salad on top, too.
Pasta alla Caprese

 Pasta Alla Caprese 

Of course there had to be a pasta! This lightning-fast meal only takes as long to cook as it takes pasta to boil, making it a perfect weeknight dinner.
Grilled Chicken Caprese

 Grilled Chicken Caprese 

Your next meal al fresco needs this juicy, flavorful grilled chicken marinated in tangy balsamic vinegar and topped with a refreshing Caprese. 
Polenta alla Caprese

 Polenta Alla Caprese  

Creamy, nourishing polenta isn’t just for the winter! Topped with a marinated Caprese salad, it makes a lovely, light summer dinner. 
Citrus Caprese

 Citrus Caprese Salad 

How do you Caprese when summer tomatoes are just a memory? Swap in winter-ready slices of orange and grapefruit, tangy and juicy in their own right.
Caprese Skewers

 Sun-dried Tomato Caprese Skewers  

A cocktail party favorite, these delicious skewers make a perfect one-handed bite combining mild mozzarella with umami-rich sun-dried tomatoes. 
Baked Caprese Crostata

Baked Caprese Crostini

Popping these easy crostini in the oven for a few minutes turns your standard Caprese into a melty cheese moment that nobody can resist. 
Roasted Caprese with Burrata

 Roasted Caprese Salad With Burrata 

Roasting is Giada’s trick to make not-so-great tomatoes taste amazing—it concentrates the sugars and intensifies the flavor so you can have your Caprese any time of year.  
Caprese Granita

 Caprese Granita  

By turning the tomatoes into a tangy (surprisingly easy to make!) granita, this refreshing variation becomes a fun conversation starter for a summer dinner party. 
Roasted Caprese Bites

 Roasted Caprese Bites  

A delicious one-bite snack for parties, these little orbs are a textural contrast of gooey cheese, juicy tomato, and crisp, crunchy breadcrumbs. 
Watermelon Caprese Mosaic

 Giada’s Watermelon Mosaic Caprese Salad

With cubes of watermelon and honeydew tiled amid the tomatoes and mozzarella, this visually stunning salad is a salty-sweet delight. 
Caprese Burgers

 Caprese Burgers  

Make your next cheeseburger all’Italiano with slices of mozzarella and a creamy pesto mayonnaise to take the place of the fresh basil. 



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