Better Together: Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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Peanut butter and jelly. Spaghetti and meatballs. Burgers and fries. Some things are just better together, including tomatoes and mozzarella. Whether you enjoy them atop pizza, with pasta, on a sandwich or in a salad, there’s no denying that ripe, juicy tomatoes and creamy, smooth mozzarella cheese complement each other perfectly. This summer, take advantage of in-season from-the-vine tomatoes and prepare them in a classic style: caprese.

Italian caprese salads are most traditionally eaten raw, with just a handful of uncooked ingredients: slices of sweet tomatoes and smooth mozzarella cheese, hand-torn basil, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s a rustic dish but one that shines when you use the freshest ingredients. We’ve rounded up Food Network’s best five caprese salad-inspired recipes, each a unique twist on the classic dish.

Boasting a squeeze of lemon juice, chopped shallots and colorful heirloom tomatoes, this summertime pasta from former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, for Food Network Magazine is a refreshing dish that won’t weigh you down.

Arrange slices of tomatoes and mozzarella atop pesto-brushed puff pastry and bake it for just 15 minutes to create a fuss-free appetizer.

Rachael Ray's Caprese Salad, as seen on Food Network, 30 Minute Meals, season 1

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KATE MATHIS

In just 10 quick minutes, Rachael preps and plates a five-star caprese salad, best finished with fruity extra-virgin olive oil before serving.

Transform the seasonal panzanella salad into Giada’s warm, baked plate by layering slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, tangy balsamic and chopped garlic and topping with thick-cut bread.

Before serving with basil and mozzarella, Ina slowly roasts plum tomatoes until they’re soft, caramelized and concentrated.

Visit Food Network to find more of our best recipes and 7 new takes on caprese.

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