One of my favorite, simple and quick appetizers to make is fresh tomato caprese. The right ingredients and you have an incredibly fresh and delicious dish. Use a bad tomato or a bad mazzarella choose though and it’s not the same thing so buy the ingredients for this the same day you decide to make it.


  • 2 vipe ripened tomatos
  • 1 packet of fresh buffalo mazzarella cheese
  • 1 pack of fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • sea salt or kosher salt


Slice up the tomatos in 1/4 inch slices and sprikle with sea salt of kosher salt (and yes, this type of salt matters compared to table salt!). Lightly drizzle the tomatos with olive oil and top with slices of the buffalo mazzarella. Crack some fresh pepper on top of each slice of cheese and then drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Take about 5-6 leaves of basil, slice them up and sprinkle over the top of each piece. Your dish should look like the picture here. Simple, tasty and delicious.