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Ree Drummond’s Caprese Salad Recipe is a Perfect Summer Appetizer or Side Dish

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Ree Drummond is a fan of simplicity when it comes to cooking and her no-fuss Caprese salad exemplifies that perfectly. The secret, she says, is in the balsamic glaze she makes. The end result is beautiful, fresh, delicious and impressive!

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Ree Drummond said she loved the Caprese salad so much it hurt’

Drummond wrote about her Caprese salad recipe in a 2022 blog post on The Pioneer Woman website.

Drummond’s recipe introduction explained his love for the staple side salad. “Pretty much my favorite thing on earth. Thick slices of tomato and mozzarella, flavored with fresh basil leaves, olive oil and a nice balsamic reduction. Simple, but oh so impressive.

“I love caprese salad so much it hurts,” she wrote. “I love it as a main course salad, I love it as a side dish with beef, I love it as an appetizer before a meal, I love it as a mid-afternoon snack.”

Drummond continued, “Caprese is truly a magical, perfect combination of flavors, textures, and freshness: ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and some sort of drizzle of olive oil or balsamic…or both.

She added: “For this Caprese, I used a simple balsamic reduction, which makes for a lovely presentation and wonderful flavor. Serve a platter of Caprese salad as a 4th of July starter! I usually do, and it’s always a welcome treat among all the burgers, hot dogs, ribs, partying, and fun. And that’s…well, that’s Caprese.

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How to Make Ree Drummond’s Caprese Salad Recipe

Drummond showed how to make his easy Caprese salad during an episode of The pioneer woman. The Food Network host included the simple side dish as a lighter choice among the many items featured on her 4th of July celebration menu.

“To go with all the steaks, baked beans and wonderful sides, I make a really delicious and very light mozzarella tomato salad,” she explained.

Drummond used large basil leaves and arranged the ingredients on a platter. “The secret of my tomato mozzarella salad? This balsamic reduction,” she shared. “Balsamic glaze is just balsamic vinegar brought to a boil and then simmered until it becomes a thick glaze. How delicious is that?”

She poured the balsamic glaze over the salad. “And it gives the salad this really dramatic, so beautiful glaze,” the Food Network host said. Drummond drizzled olive oil on top and added a pinch of salt and pepper.

The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.

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Ree Drummond’s mozzarella and basil salad gets rave reviews

Drummond’s Caprese Salad is a winner, based on reviews the recipe has received on the Food Network site.

Comments included, “Great tasting and wonderfully refreshing” and “Simply delicious!”

Another satisfied reviewer shared, “We make Caprese salad all the time, but this was by far the best we’ve had. The balsamic reduction is a game-changer. This made the vinegar a bit sweeter and less tart. It was so good. Also, the use of a creamier mozzarella (not the hard and dry kind) adds to the beauty of this dish. This is my new Caprese recipe. Thanks!”

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