Are you looking for a simple salad that can be made in under 15 minutes? Look no further, Italian salad Caprese falls in the category of a simple and fuss- free salad. Even kids can put together this simple dish but the result is nothing short of spectacular. All you need is firm ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil.
The stunning combination of red, white and green are also the Italian flag colors. Mellow mozzarella, sweet tomatoes and the herbiness of basil makes this dish stellar. The salad is filling as it has cheese in it so it is a substantial dish. Fresh mozzarella is usually pre-sliced which saves time.
There are many ways to make this salad on a skewer using bocconcini (young mozzarella balls) with cherry tomatoes or caprese sandwich bites, or even a panini. Panini is a Italian style pressed cheese and bread sandwich with many variants.
I sometimes use reduced balsamic glaze to top the salad for variation. If you don’t have balsamic glaze, a good quality extra virgin olive oil dressed on top also tastes great.
5 minutes plus 20 minutes if making balsamic glaze
10 minutes to put salad together plus time for making glaze
- 10 slices of fresh mozzarella,
- 10 thick slices of ripe yet firm tomatoes, from 2-3 tomatoes
- 10 basil leaves
- Salt to taste
- Fresh cracked pepper, as required
- 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2-3tbsp balsamic glaze, optional
On a tray place a slice of cheese, tomato and a basil leaf. Repeat until cheese, tomato and basil are plated.
Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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