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On The Side: Insalata Caprese

July 6, 2010

Salad in the style of Capri = Yummy!

Did everyone have a great 4th of July?  It was simply a fantastic extended weekend, and no doubt you, like myself, spent the days eating nothing but low calorie, low fat, low sugar foods, too.  And drinks!  Nothing but water, right?


So, let’s just forget about all the margaritas you didn’t drink (or was that just me?), and let’s focus on some fantastic tastes of the season!

One of my favorite summertime indulgences is Caprese (cah-PREH-zeh), or Insalata Caprese to use proper Italiano.  Armed with a fresh tomato from my friend Doug’s garden and fresh basil from my dad and stepmom’s garden, I pulled this amazing and delicious treat together for our afternoon BBQ yesterday.  It’s so simple, you’re going to wonder why you were ever afraid of something so fancy sounding! Here’s what you need:

1 large slicing tomato
Bunch of fresh Basil
1 ball fresh mozarella
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh cracked pepper
Kosher salt
Optional: pitted Kalamatta olives (or other favorite olive)
Optional: Balsamic Vinaigrette

1.  Slice the tomato and the mozarella ball.
2. Layer tomato, then basil leaf, then mozarella slice.
3. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with cracked pepper and kosher salt

We opted to add the olives for extra flavor (and a pretty presentation).  We omitted the vinaigrette, though this is a delightful addition.  Really, this couldn’t be simpler.  To even put it in a recipe seems silly, as there’s no cooking, just putting the pieces together.  The best advice is to use as fresh ingredients as you can get your hands on, it will taste infinitely better.  Also, you’ll find fresh mozzarella in the deli section of your grocer, as opposed to the dairy section.

There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy caprese, and please, save me a bite!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2010 3:52 pm

    Hey, awesome website. I actually came across this on Yahoo, and I am stoked I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the post and bring a bit more to the table, but am just absorbing as much info as I can at the moment. thanks for sharing,..


  2. July 7, 2010 10:34 pm

    Sounds fabulous!

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