With only three starring ingredients in a caprese salad, it's essential that the flavors and textures stand out. When tomatoes are at their peak ripeness, you should be able to smell their sweetness even before picking them off the vine. Basil will pack the biggest punch immediately after it's snipped off the plant, and the flavor fades soon after.
Peak ripeness and freshness also means these ingredients are at their highest nutrient-density. It's hard to believe that these mouthwatering flavors are 100% from nature, so salute your health!
For the third essential ingredient, respect your homegrown produce, and don't skimp on the cheese. Use fresh buffalo mozzarella, or even burrata for a creamy-change. We're all about keeping the bar raised here.
Like we said, you may not need the recipe, but we've got some tips and photos below. Bon appétit!