Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

Everything is better with bacon, including

the classic Italian Caprese Salad

with the addition of a hot bacon dressing!


Fresh from the pages of the June issue of Southern Living Magazine, I was not-so-patiently waiting for the arrival of heirloom tomatoes at our Farmers Market!


Hot Bacon Caprese Salad,

recipe courtesy Southern Living


Assorted heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices

Fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch slices

Fresh basil leaves

4  – 6 bacon slices, coarsely chopped

3 to 4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (I substituted 3 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar)

2 tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



Arrange tomatoes and cheese on a serving platter, placing basil leaves among the slices. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper.


 Saute bacon in a large skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove from heat, reserving bacon and 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Let stand 1 minute. Add vinegar and oil, stirring to loosen browned bits from bottom of skillet. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Drizzle warm bacon mixture over tomatoes and cheese.

Serve immediately.

Hot Bacon Caprese Salad | ©

Notes: I cooked the bacon, removed it from the pan, draining it on paper towels and then sprinkled it over the salad to get an even distribution of bacon. Then I made the dressing in the pan with the reserved drippings to drizzle over the salad.

You can find a printable recipe, here.


Now that we’ve sampled the hot bacon version,

it’s going to be hard to go back

to the classic Caprese Salad!


If your tomato cup runneth over and you need

some additional tomato inspiration,

click on the links below for a taste!


You Say Tomato,

Table and Centerpiece

Heirloom Tomato Pie

Heirloom Tomato Pie 


 Or a individual serving,

 Mini Tomato Pies/ Tarts

BLT Bruschetta

BLT Bruschetta
Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

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  33 comments for “Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    July 16, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Your tomatoes are gorgeous Mary! And a little bacon never hurt anything… ya gotta love the pig:@) I’m sure everyone wishes they’re tomato cup runneth over-enjoy!

  2. July 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

    That caprese salad looks positively delish!

  3. Phyllis Farr
    July 16, 2014 at 8:03 am

    OMGoodness! AbFab!

  4. July 16, 2014 at 8:08 am

    So gorgeous, so simple and sounds divine~my mom used to make bacon dressing like that for spinach salad and it was so good~I swear there are a lot of old recipes resurfacing these days~ Your platter of salad is mouthwatering and the tomato compositions you’ve created are works of art, it’s all really too pretty to eat!

  5. July 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Agreed, everything is better with bacon! Your photos are wonderful.

  6. July 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Mary, We love caprese salad and this variation sounds delicious! The tomatoes are gorgeous and so is the flowering basil. Your idea to substitute the balsamic for the red wine vinegar is excellent too. I’ll definitely be making this! Linda

  7. July 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

    You had me at hot bacon dressing and heirloom tomatoes….There is a “tomato farmer” about 2 miles from me and he just opened up his stand…so your recipes are perfect timing….beautiful table…exquisite photos!

  8. July 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I have not had a good tomato this summer yet but today we will be near a farm stand so I am getting some and making THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, I am drooling all over my keyboard!!!:) This looks fabulous and I am sure we will never go back to the classic either!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

  9. July 16, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Wow Mary, what a feast for the eyes you’ve prepared for us to enjoy! That could be a complete meal. It’s too beautiful, but I’d love a big serving. I’ll be out looking for some good tomatoes to make this. xo

  10. July 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

    How delicious and beautiful! Just sent the pin to my bacon-loving daughter, I’m sure this will be on both of our menus this week. Your photos are stunning, and so inspiring :)

  11. July 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love fresh tomato season, and these dishes have my mouth watering, even at nine in the morning!

  12. July 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

    This is an awesome salad ! Love heirloom tomatoes. And of course the bacon! OMG!😊 Happy day!

  13. July 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    That is one delicious looking salad! Bacon Caprese from now on!

  14. Andrea
    July 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Everything looks amazing!💙

  15. July 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    What a gorgeous salad. Everything you make is absolutely stunning.

  16. July 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Gorgeous salad. I can taste it’s perfection.

  17. July 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Oh my goodness, Mary…my mouth is watering just looking at your photos!
    For a split second, I thought you had a poached egg in there, but then realized it was the CHEESE! YUMMO!
    We picked our first 2 tomatoes this week & had BLT’s…soooo good when they are fresh off the vine.
    Thanks for sharing how you created this masterpiece!

  18. July 17, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Such gorgeous tomatoes and photos! I could devour this right now… excellent two twist on a fav~

  19. July 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Oh, YUM! We didn’t have time to plant a garden this year, but I bought some beautiful and delicious tomatoes from a friend last weekend. I’ve been enjoying them every day — and now I know another recipe I’m going to try. Thanks!

  20. Kim
    July 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Ooh! Yum! Don’t we love fresh tomatoes! Love the colors and can just imagine the delicious flavors of all these recipes. :-)

  21. July 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    This is my idea of yummy!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  22. July 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    That looks delicious and the photo of the tomato centerpiece on the table with the coordinating plaid napkins is wonderful!!

  23. Rattlebridge Farm
    July 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    It’s always a joy to visit, Mary. I’m making this for the big guy!

  24. July 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I saw the same recipe in Southern Living magazine! Beautiful table! I love the centerpiece! Very creative! Thanks for sharing…
    Blessings My Friend,

  25. July 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Everything looks so delicious!
    I can’t wait to try a few of your recipes!
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  26. Kim
    July 28, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    This looks sooooo good and I must make it and am featuring it this week.

  27. July 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Just reading this makes my mouth water. This is going on the menu next week.


  28. July 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Beautiful, looks absolutely delicious. Blessings, Catherine

  29. July 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I just returned from a foodie trip to KY, and I came home with heirloom tomatoes. I’m making your recipe tonight. Hope you escaped the rain (though we sure needed it).

  30. July 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Yum!! I’m going to have to try this ASAP!

  31. July 11, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I love caprese everything! Adding bacon, which makes everything better, is just genius! Pinned and making soon!

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