Caprese: Italy's Most Iconic Salad

Caprese: Italy's Most Iconic Salad
From Fine Dining Lovers - March 28, 2018

Insalatacaprese, Italy's beloved classic tomato and mozzarella salad, one of the simplest yet most satisfying salads around and within easy reach of even the most unaccomplished cook.

What is capresesalad?

Soft, creamy and tangy generous hunks of mozzarellatame the acidity of freshly sliced sun-ripened tomatoes enhanced by extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground sea salt and a scattering offreshly torn peppery yet tender basil leaves.

While a caprese might seem impossible to get wrong, anyone who's ever had rubbery mozzarella and watery tomatoes will know, there's no room for error with this king of salads. However, get it right, and this salad really sings.

How to Make Caprese Salad

The raw materials define the success of this simple dish. Tomatoes should be full of flavour and at room temperature, mozzarella di bufala should be the best you can source, as well as virgin olive oil, salt and the tips of basil leaves.

And, just in case you are wondering how many calories in a Caprese salad? You can always go lighter by going easy on the olive oil, bumping up the tomatoes and being a little meaner with the mozzarella.

A Simple Caprese Salad Recipe

Vine-ripened Tomatoes
Mozzarella di Bufala
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Basil

1. Slice the tomatoes

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