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Caprese Salad


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Low FODMAP Caprese Salad

This Italian salad’s original name is Insalata Caprese, which translates as “salad from Capri”. Caprese salad almost doesn’t need a recipe.

It is really just an assembled salad of sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. So why a recipe?

Mostly to encourage you to make this amazing (and amazingly simple) salad and to offer guidance as to low FODMAP portions.

caprese salad on marble dish on white wooden board

It’s All About The Ingredients

At FODMAP Everyday® we take our ingredients seriously. Robin even maintains a garden for us to cook from! This recipe, as with any recipe that has so few ingredients, truly demands the best ingredients.

Make this when tomatoes and basil are at their best – which happen to be at the same time in mid and late summer.

You could use a Garlic-Infused Olive Oil but we actually like this with a simple extra-virgin olive oil. You can vary the result by choosing a buttery olive oil or on another occasion a peppery olive oil.

There are so many wonderful oils to choose from and all extra-virgin olive oil is low FODMAP.

closeup of Caprese salad with lots of pepper

Stick to the Original – or Go Rogue

The salad originated in the 1950s at the Trattoria da Vincenzo in Capri. The original mozzarella called for was always fior di latte, or cow’s milk mozzarella, never buffalo milk mozzarella. And the salad was always simply dressed with olive oil – and only olive oil.

You might see versions drizzling vinegar on top, often balsamic. Classicists will say that any vinegar will overpower the delicate dairy flavor of the cheese – but some of you might like it. Balsamic vinegar is low FODMAP in 1 tablespoon (Australian) amounts (42 g), so go for it, if you like.

And the prep time? Maybe 5 minutes!

For another tomato-based salad to make when they are at their peak, try our Low FODMAP Panzanella.

And for a general article, check out Tomatoes & Tomato Products for the FODMAPer.

Looking for hearty main dish salads? Be sure to read: Make Salad The Star Of The Show With These 25 Main Dish Low FODMAP Salads Recipes.

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caprese salad on marble dish on white wooden board
5 from 2 votes

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad - the classic combo of juicy tomatoes, basil with fresh mozzarella with a drizzle of olive oil - happens to be low FODMAP. Five minute preparation and elegant enough for a party.

Makes: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson


  • 2 pounds (910 g) vine-ripened beefsteak tomatoes, (about 4 large tomatoes)
  • 1 pound (455 g) fresh mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup (5 g) lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Slice the tomatoes crosswise about 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Slice the mozzarella 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick as well.
  2. Arrange the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves in an overlapping fashion on a big serving platter, using images for inspiration. Drizzle with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.



  • This salad is ALL about the high quality of your ingredients. Only make this when you can source perfectly ripe tomatoes and impeccably fresh basil.
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American & Italian


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 0.2mg

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.