Insalata Caprese – Caprese Salad. An easy and elegant appetizer.
Insalata Caprese is simply Caprese Salad. Literally translated it means salad in the style of Capri. It comes from the region of Campania in Italy and it just might be the simplest dish you’ve ever put together. But don’t let the simplicity fool you, it’s full of flavor.
There are so many ways to present this dish. You can stack the slices vertically for an element of interest. You can present them in a rustic single layer as I have here. Or arrange the slices in a circle in the style of a wreath. All equally beautiful and most importantly delicious.
Alternate Ways to Make Caprese Salad.
If you wanted to shake things up you could also use cherry tomatoes, with bocconcini mozzarella balls on skewers. These caprese skewers make FAB presentation that’s perfect for entertaining.
Simply skewer a tomato, basil leaf, and a boccocini mozzarella ball, end with an additional tomato. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil.
For this dish you’ll want to purchase FRESH mozzarella cheese. There is a HUGE difference between fresh and the rectangular cheese you’ll find at the grocers.
I could literally eat the entire mozzarella ball all by itself. I have. Cheese is one of my weaknesses. No shame in my game.
For ease of eating I like to slice the tomatoes and mozzarella to equal thickness. A quick drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil finishes the Caprese Salad off beautifully. I somtimes like to also add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze because I’m extra like that and let’s face it, it’s just delicious.
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- 2 large ripe fresh tomatoes - sliced
- 1 ball of fresh mozzarella cheese - sliced
- Handful of fresh basil leaves
- extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt
- ground black pepper
1. Layer tomato slice, mozzarella slice, fresh basil. Repeat.
2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Lightly drizzle olive oil on top.
1. You can also drizzle lightly with a balsamic vinegar glaze.
FRIED CAPRESE SALAD
SPICY CAPRESE PASTA SALAD
GRILLED CHICKEN CAPRESE WRAPS