Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

6 Servings
23 min

Everything is better with bacon, including the classic Italian Caprese Salad with the addition of a hot bacon dressing!

With the mozzarella cheese bacon and tomato, this makes a perfect light summer meal for 2 or serves 6 as an appetizer.

Use the tomatoes of your choice We love a combination of yellow and red heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market.

Find more Garden Fresh Tomato Recipes for Summer, HERE, including recipes for Heirloom Tomato Pie, BLT Bruschetta, Easy Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts, Cheese Straw Tomato Tartlets, Heirloom Tomato Tart with Bacon-Studded Crust and a Farmers Market Bloody Mary!

Recipe details
  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 8 Minutes Total time: 23 min
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  • Assorted heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 4 – 6 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. red wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Arrange tomatoes and cheese on a serving platter, placing basil leaves among the slices. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper.
Saute bacon in a large skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove from heat, reserving bacon and 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Let stand 1 minute. Add vinegar and oil, stirring to loosen browned bits from bottom of skillet. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Drizzle warm bacon mixture over tomatoes and cheese. Serve immediately.
Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is
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  • Outstanding! This recipe popped in earlier today when I was wondering what I would make for dinner. Bingo! This was it as I had everything at home and was easy to prepare. I added in a bit of fresh spinach along with the basil, (I grow both), and cut the recipe in half as I live alone. Will be added to my summer rotation. Thanks for such a fantastic recipe. 🍅🥓