Caprese Salad Stacks

A few weeks ago I saw these Kumato tomatoes at the market and decided to give them a try. They are described as a “simply unique brown tomato” and are sweeter than the average tomato because of a higher sugar content. Pretty much the only thing I like about summer is having access to ultra-sweet toms so I couldn’t help but purchase these. Not bad for an impulse buy, right? At least it wasn’t a candy bar. Or a carton of ice cream. πŸ˜‰

I sliced the first Kumato and ate it straight. Did I tell you I love tomatoes? πŸ™‚ As for the others, I wanted to make something that was light, fresh, and that would highlight the quality of the tomato. And what’s one of the best preparations for a good tomato? Caprese salad of course!

Here is my take on this classic dish:

Caprese Salad Stacks


  • two tomatoes, sliced 1/3″ thick
  • fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/3″ thick and drained of excess moisture on paper towels
  • your favorite pesto
  • balsamic vinegar glaze (bring vinegar to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until reduced by half)
  • fresh basil chiffonade

**Note: Please, please try the balsamic glaze. It makes a world of difference and is so easy to make. Using balsamic vinegar straight from the bottle just isn’t the same, especially in a dish with so few ingredients. πŸ™‚


Stack your caprese salads in the following order:

Tomato –> Mozzarella –> Pesto –> Tomato –> Mozzarella –> Pesto –> repeat until you run out of tomato slices

Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and top with the fresh basil chiffonade.

Brown tomatoes!
Brown tomatoes!
My glaze hadn't cooled enough yet so it dribbled eeeverywhere. So annoying.
My glaze hadn’t cooled enough yet so it dribbled eeeverywhere. So annoying.
Once upon a time I couldn't eat fresh basil. It made me run for the hills.
Once upon a time I couldn’t eat fresh basil. It made me run for the hills.
But now I luurve it.
But now I luurve it.
Bailey wants to know where the chicken wings are. ;)
Bailey wants to know where the chicken wings are. πŸ˜‰


  1. I have never heard of this type of tomato Patty….wow, this sounds and looks amazing! I want one please! And “Hi” sweet Bailey! πŸ™‚ ❀

    • Hi Tricia! It’s so nice to hear from you! Bailey mostly gets annoyed because the camera comes out and he gives me the stink eye more often than not. πŸ˜›

      • You too, Patty. πŸ™‚ I’ve gotten a bit behind in the blogosphere. We were actually just doggy-sitting Bailey’s semi-lookalike, Gigi, for a few weeks. We tried to keep the spoiling under control, but it was so much fun having her with us.

      • Oh how fun that you have Gigi! Have your parents gone on vacation? I bet you and your hubby spoiled her silly. That’s the only way to doggy-sit! πŸ˜€

  2. Impulsive buying of these lovely tomatoes? Not that bad, Patty! This looks really good and I love love tomatoes!! I just bought more than 1kg just for me. πŸ˜€

    And oh! Hello, Bailey! I hope you find the chicken wings! πŸ˜€

  3. Oh, I would buy this tomato if I see it! how interesting. My local greengrocer sells small orange tomato, and I buy them, just because they are cute. πŸ™‚
    Your salad looks so perfect. I love tomato and mozzarella!

  4. That looks absolutely stunning Patty! Wow. Seriously, just wow! I love the flavours of caprese salad and this is a really elegant way to serve it. I think the dish would be amazing for a dinner party entree. P.S Bailey is gorgeous! xx

  5. It’s funny I bought the same box of tomatoes… so I don’t have any excuse, I have to make a caprese salad! The “shape” you gave to your salad make it even more interesting!!! Gorgeous photos Patty!

  6. Perfect use for those beautiful tomatoes, Patty! I can’t help but wonder if Kumato rhymes with tomato?? Teach me please, teacher, Lol. πŸ™‚ And btw…beautiful tall stack…I fear mine would be caprese piles.

  7. These stacks are gorgeous! Why have I never had caprese salad with pesto? Unfortunately tomatoes are off limits for me now, but I will satisfy myself knowing wonderful people like you are doing beautiful things like this with them!

  8. I love tomatoes, too-haven’t seen any kumatoes where I live yet–will have to look out for them! Love Bailey’s photo, too! πŸ™‚

  9. I do love a good tomato, but I can think of a few other summer things that I like. No kids, bbqs, no kids, evening walk, no kids…

  10. YUMMY!! Ohhh cheese. The love of cheese. I am slowly introducing that back into my diet after a few years of my stomach not being able to handle it. Looks sooo GOOD!! =)

  11. What a fabulous presentation for a Caprese, simply beautiful Patty! πŸ˜‰ I actually tried these tomatoes a while back too, the color is funny, they tasted really good. I love tomatoes anyways, heirloom ones are my favorite πŸ˜‰ hugs

  12. There was a time when I would just sit down with slices from a whole ball of mozzarella and eat the entire thing with tomatoes. Sometimes I would drizzle with olive oil and pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Is that weird? Even if it is, I could still eat that all day.

  13. My kind of a salad especially when our tomatoes start to come in here in Michigan. We have a vendor at my local Farmer’s Market that sells every kind of tomato you might want to try. Even though I grow a few of my own tomato plants (cherry and some for eating) I have never tried growing these “specialty” tomatoes. Yum, Yum, Yum πŸ™‚

    • I had a pear tomato plant a few years back, but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten with growing my own veggies. My green thumb isn’t very green, plus I’m deathly afraid of worms and bugs. πŸ˜€ I envy those who are able to grow their own gardens!

  14. Love the simplicity and elegance of this salad, Patty. One of my favorites. I will have to pick up some brown toms next time I go to the farmers market and see them. I love tomatoes and eat them raw like apples most of the time. I’m planning to visit Capay Farms in July for their annual tomato picking event!

  15. Patty,
    OMG! OMG! OMG!
    This is beautiful. For that matter I love all the ingredients in this salad. Adding to my “to make” list.
    Beautiful. I can only imagine balsamic vinegarette bringing out all the flavors.

  16. Oh I have such a weakness for fresh tomatoes too! My best memories are with my dad picking them in our garden and eating them right there. These look delicious and, as always, Bailey is as adorable as ever!! xo

  17. Hi Patty, you already know that I love this, and now as a co host of this weeks Fiesta Friday I must thank you for bringing it to the party and letting us all have a try!!!!

  18. Hi Patty, I was wondering if you were going to join the party; so glad you did. I am right there with you on the tomato craze! It is one of nature’s greatest gifts. Kumato tomatoes are my absolute favorite. I bought them for the first time at Trader Joes several years back and have been addicted ever since. They make the best pico de gallo ever. These tomato stacks are a perfect way to enjoy such a compatible combination of ingredients. Thanks for bringing them to the party.

  19. I can’t get over what amazing pictures you take ( and the one of Bailey is WAY too cute)- I think I’ve seen these tomatoes at the store before but wasn’t daring enough to buy them, now that you’ve taste tested them for us I’ll have to do it- I LOVEE tomatoes too (and I’m OBSESSED with ketchup… I dip my TOMATOES in KETCHUP sometimes, HA, tell me that’s not ridiculous)… thanks for the great post!

    • Stephanie, you are so sweet!! You should definitely try the kumato tomatoes–they are so tasty! That’s so funny that you dip your tomatoes in ketchup…for some reason this sounds vaguely familiar to me, which means I MUST have done this on more than one occasion!! πŸ˜›

  20. Patty, I love this dish so much. This dish is very popular in California, it’s something I eat all the time. I would love to be able to find those “brown” tomatoes. I must compliment your plating as well as your photography.

  21. That looks amazing Patty! And like I always say.. Your pictures are to die for, seriously, super gorgeous! Makes me want to jump right in and eat it!

  22. […] When I first saw the pictures and recipe for this beautiful salad I knew I would have to make it when my fresh basil was ready to be picked. Β So, today is the day (6-7-14) to try out this pretty salad using Kumato tomatoes, fresh mozarella, homemade pesto (from last year) and a balsamic glaze. Β They are just delicious and a special thanks to Patty Nguyen for introducing me to this fantastic summer combination. Β  You can find her original recipe here. […]

  23. Heirloom tomatoes are everywhere these days, so this recipe seems perfect and appropriate. I love the idea of balsamic vinegar glaze so much, and I like the photos πŸ™‚

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