ca·​pre·​se kə-ˈprā-zē How to pronounce caprese (audio)
: a salad consisting of slices of mozzarella and tomatoes, basil, and olive oil or Italian dressing

Examples of caprese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe even panzanella or caprese salad? Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 Your foodie friends will marvel over the misshapen slices of tomato in your caprese salad — so retro, yet still with 40 times the lycopene, and 20 percent of the water requirements of last century’s crops! Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2013 Serve the hearty authentic Italian dish with a fresh caprese salad and warm loaf of bread (plus olive oil and balsamic for dipping, of course). Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Dec. 2022 Check out these Thanksgiving appetizer recipes that require 5 ingredients or less, including stuffed mushrooms and caprese skewers. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 The torta caprese looks like an igloo housing a very dense chocolate cake, and the tiramisu is out of this world. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 There’s lobster rangoon dip with friend wontons, ahi tuna tacos with mango, avacado and cilantro, and pretzel flats in cheese, buffalo chicken, caprese, and more. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 27 July 2022 Among its classic dishes are chicken parmesan, homemade meatballs, and a lineup of handhelds from the Italian combo to the chicken caprese. Phillip Valys,, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


Italian, short for insalata caprese, literally, salad in the manner of Capri

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caprese was in 1978

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Cite this Entry

“Caprese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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