Salad Caprese is a wonderful salad that is served in many Italian restaurants, and many other restaurants as well. Salad Caprese is a wonderfully simple salad that you can make at home. I love to make my Salad Caprese during the summer. I always have a container garden of fresh basil, and sometimes I grow a tomato plant or two so Salad Caprese often becomes a dinner meal for me. If you have never had salad Caprese the basic ingredients are mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and fresh ripe tomatoes.
How do you make your own Salad Caprese? Some people like them with pesto, or even served with anchovies.
- 1 medium tomato sliced
- 4 ounces mozzarella
- 5 basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- pinch of salt
- Wash and core the tomato and slice off both the stem end and the bottom of the tomato and discard. Slice the remaining tomato into about 5 or 6 slices.
- You want a basil leaf for each piece of the tomato slice. Slice the mozzarella cheese into about 5 or 6 slices as well. If you have some left over, that is ok. Lay each tomato slice on the plate, sprinkle tomatoes with a bit of kosher salt. Then top each tomato slice with a basil leaf, and then top with a slice of mozzarella.
- Mix together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and drizzle over the salad. Serve immediately. This salad does not make hold well the next day, the basil leaves wilt. Yield: 1 large serving