Caprese salad

The Caprese salad is one of my favorite salads because of its simplicity, color, freshness and because it is visually very striking! It is a very basic but delicious Italian salad! It is native to the Island of Capri and carries ingredients in the colors of the Italian flag, green, white and red.

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In hot seasons, a salad is always good and it is prepared with the ingredients that are in season so it is very fresh and ready in a few minutes. The traditional way to make it is with slices of red tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, large basil leaves, a little olive oil and salt. Mozzarella cheese has a designation of origin and is known as Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, as it comes from buffalo milk. Now they also do it with cow's and sheep's milk.

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The recipe always preserves the ingredients mentioned above but there are variations, pepper is added, a touch of balsamic vinegar, a high-quality Italian product from the Modena region. Another variation is to add a little pesto or replace the mozzarella with the burrata, which works very well! It is a type of cow cheese similar to mozzarella but it comes in a circular shape and on the inside it has a smooth and creamy consistency.

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To prepare this salad, very fresh and high quality products are used. In the summer a large variety of tomatoes are produced. Of different shapes and sizes, sweet, juicy, perfect for this type of salad. It is one of my favorites, I like to vary the presentation when it comes to the table, but it is always attractive and very attractive. Fresh basil and balsamic vinegar add flavor, the perfect combination of ingredients. Ideal to accompany main dishes, to serve as a starter or to snack on.

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Caprese salad is an excellent alternative when we have guests or just to enjoy at home any day of the week!

The Caprese Salad as a starter or accompaniment is perfect; always colorful, fresh, delicious! Just follow the step by step!

Category: Companion, Entrance

Cuisine: Italian

Servings: 8 servings

  • 850 gamos ripe tomatoes
  • 1 pound sliced ​​fresh mozzarella cheese
  • preferably large fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil to taste
  • blasamic vinegar to taste
  1. Ingredients

  2. Balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction (glaze) can be used.

  3. If they don't have fresh basil, pesto sauce can be used or mozzarella cheese can be substituted for burrata.

  4. Tomatoes are washed well. Depending on the variety, they can be cut into slices, quarters, halves or whole if they are small.

  5. Cheese can be sliced, cubed, or cut into pieces by hand.

  6. Present the tomatoes in a bowl, add the cheese, the whole or chopped basil leaves, salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.

  7. The ingredients can also be mixed.

  8. Or in individual portions to chop.

There are variations regarding the presentation of this salad. The ingredients are basically the same. As a variation you can add balsamic vinegar, a thicker and slightly sweet balsamic vinegar reduction with fruity notes (glaze), the pesto that is made with basil and a variation of the cheese is the burrata. To share and that each one is taking his portion. The ingredients are alternated on a wide plate forming a circle or semi-circle. When all the ingredients have been added, add salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar to taste. Basil leaves can be cut or whole.

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