Use the hasselback technique to upgrade plain caprese salad with this fun twist! Cutting partially into the whole tomato creates openings to layer in fresh mozzarella cheese, basil and a balsamic drizzle for tons of flavor in this unique vegetable side dish recipe.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, May 2017


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place tomatoes cored-side down on a cutting board. Make 8 cuts down each tomato, slicing almost to the bottom (or core) but not all the way through. Carefully transfer the tomatoes to a serving platter. Fill each cut alternately with mozzarella and basil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and balsamic glaze.



Tip: Balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar that's cooked until it's very thick. Look for it with other vinegars in well-stocked supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

146 calories; protein 6.3g 13% DV; carbohydrates 7.3g 2% DV; dietary fiber 1.5g 6% DV; sugars 5.2g; fat 10.6g 16% DV; saturated fat 3.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 13.6mg 5% DV; vitamin a iu 1233.2IU 25% DV; vitamin c 17.2mg 29% DV; folate 21.8mcg 5% DV; calcium 182.8mg 18% DV; iron 0.5mg 3% DV; magnesium 20mg 7% DV; potassium 317.2mg 9% DV; sodium 283.2mg 11% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV; added sugar 1g.

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Rating: 5 stars
Such a fun simple side idea for summer bbq parties. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made this but added a small scoop of chicken or tuna salad to make this a nice light lunch! Great either as side or a main! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was perfection the perfect ratio of tomato cheese and basil. It looked beautiful fancy and like it took effort but was super easy. Definitely saving the balsamic tip for future recipes. Read More