What is Caprese Salad?
A Caprese salad is a classic but simple Italian salad made with alternating slices of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, with bits of fresh basil in the middle. It is usually seasoned with salt, olive oil, honey vinaigrette, or balsamic glaze and is the perfect combination of crunchy and creamy.
As for its history, Caprese salad's first origin story dates back to the early 1920s. It is said that a patriotic Italian mason invented the dish as a tribute to the country after the First World War. The salad's popularity exploded in the 1950s, and soon Caprese salad became a dish loved all over the world.
Is Caprese Salad Keto?
Yes, absolutely. Since a keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that forces the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy, low-carb but nutritious foods like salads made with non-starchy vegetables are ideal for those on a ketogenic diet.
This Caprese salad recipe, in particular, is also completely keto as it only uses three main ingredients (tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves), all of which are keto-friendly due to their low-carb content.
What Are the Best Tomatoes for Caprese Salad?
This Italian Caprese salad recipe is incredibly versatile, and almost any type of tomato (or other fruit) can be used based on personal preference and seasonal availability. Although cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, black tomatoes, and pear tomatoes seem to be particularly popular choices, closely followed by kumato tomatoes.
If you can't find any tomatoes specifically suited to making Caprese salad, you can also use Roma tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, Campari tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, or any other fresh tomatoes you can find.
What to Serve with Caprese Salad?
Caprese salad is nutritious and filling enough to be enjoyed alone as a light lunch, but it is ultimately a salad best enjoyed with a complimentary dish. Serve your Caprese salad recipe with red wine marinated steak, grilled flank steak, grilled chicken, beer brined balsamic glazed scallops, couscous, pasta, and crispy tofu to make the most out of this fresh dish.
You can also pair your Caprese salad with garlic bread, tortellini, salami, Hasselback potatoes, soup, etc. or enjoy it with a fruity, high acidity wine like Sauvignon Blanc, Fiano, Sancerre, Albariño, Falanghina, Rias Baixas, and Schramsberg Brut Rosé.
Here are some our delicious recipes that you can serve with Caprese Salad: