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Classic Balsamic Glazed Caprese Salad Recipe


balsamic glazed caprese salad

There’s something about the simplicity of a Caprese salad that epitomizes the essence of Italian cuisine. It’s a dish that relies on the high quality of its few ingredients to shine — ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and the perfect blend of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Today, we’re guiding you through elevating this classic salad with a premium ingredient: Villa Estense Organic Balsamic Vinegar.


The Hero Ingredient

Hailing from the storied landscapes of Italy, Villa Estense Organic Balsamic Vinegar is a testament to tradition and quality. Its complex flavors and rich, syrupy consistency make it a versatile pantry staple, capable of transforming dishes with just a drizzle. When it comes to a Caprese salad, this balsamic vinegar not only elevates the dish aesthetically with its glossy finish but also enhances the flavors, marrying the sweetness of the tomatoes with the creaminess of the mozzarella in perfect harmony.


Classic Balsamic Glazed Caprese Salad

Here's how to create a show-stopping Caprese salad that's as delicious as it is stunning, with Villa Estense as the star of the show.


Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, sliced

  • 8 oz (225 g) fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Villa Estense Organic Balsamic Vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  • Fresh basil leaves

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Balsamic Reduction: Start with the balsamic reduction to allow time for it to cool. Pour the Villa Estense Organic Balsamic Vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat until it reduces by half, creating a thick, syrupy glaze. This process unlocks a deeper sweetness and concentration of flavor that complements the salad components beautifully.

  2. Salad Assembly: While your balsamic reduction cools, lay slices of tomato and mozzarella on a platter, alternating and slightly overlapping them for a visually appealing arrangement. Tuck fresh basil leaves between each layer to infuse the dish with its distinct, peppery green notes.

  3. Finishing Touches: Drizzle the olive oil over your arranged slices, followed by a generous helping of your homemade balsamic reduction. The glaze should cascade over the ingredients, adding a touch of luxury and depth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Presentation and Pairing: Serve your Caprese immediately, and watch as the simplicity of these premium ingredients speaks volumes. This salad pairs wonderfully with a crisp white wine or a soft, bubbly prosecco, making it the perfect starter for an intimate dinner or a side dish at your next gathering.

Why Villa Estense Makes the Difference

The quality of balsamic vinegar can either make or break a Caprese salad. Villa Estense Organic Balsamic Vinegar, with its rich heritage and artisanal crafting process, embodies the essence of what balsamic vinegar should be. Its organic certification ensures that every drop is as pure and natural as possible, enhancing your dishes without overpowering them.


Creating memorable meals is about more than just following recipes — it's about the stories behind the ingredients we choose. Villa Estense Organic Balsamic Vinegar not only brings a dish to life but also carries with it a legacy of Italian craftsmanship and the beauty of organic farming. Incorporate it into your Caprese salad and watch as a simple dish is transformed into an extraordinary culinary experience.


Buon appetito!


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