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Close up of lined up tomato, basil, mozzarella drizzled with oil and balsamic vinegar.

Insalata Caprese with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Insalata Caprese with Balsamic Reduction Sauce is the perfect compliment to any Italian meal and can be made in minutes from the comfort of your own home!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 -12
Calories 259kcal
Author Katie


  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 16 oz. fresh mozzarella
  • 4-5 vine ripe tomatoes
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • In a pot add balsamic vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil stirring frequently until the sugar has dissolved. Then reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture has thickened (about 10 minutes). As soon as it's reduced by half transfer to a glass storage container. Let cool to room temperature then place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Cut the vine ripe tomatoes in ¼ inch pieces horizontally (discard the stem pieces). Place the mozzarella and tomatoes alternating on a plate.
  • Wash basil, pat dry, and place in between the pieces of mozzarella and tomatoes. Sprinkle salt and black pepper to taste on top , drizzle extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction sauce over the salad.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 299mg | Iron: 1mg