Iowa Caprese Salad

Iowa Caprese Salad

Recipe submitted by: Jennifer A. Miller


About this recipe: Caprese is a classic summer salad made up of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil. I've given the traditional recipe a makeover to use all Iowa Food Coop products. There are plenty of variations and more vegetables and flavors can be added depending on availability.


  • 1/2 pound Frisian Farms gouda curds OR Yellow River Dairy goat cheese curds
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes or 1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Pickle Creek Herbal Basil & Garlic Infused Olive Oil
  • salt + pepper to taste

  1. Roughly chop cheese curds into bite sized pieces. Cut basil into ribbons or strips.
  2. Combine cheese, tomatoes, and basil in a medium bowl. Pour over 2 Tablespoons olive oil, adding more to ensure ingredients are lightly coated.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crostini from Zaza's Pasta.


Yield: Serves 4 as a salad--may be doubled

Notes: Cucumber adds a nice crunch to this salad -Salad may be topped with red or green onions for additional flavor -Excellent served over pasta

Original source: Adapted from traditional caprese salad