Caprese Salad: a taste of the summer

Caprese Salad: a taste of the summer

By 07/06/2013

Hello all! It is sunny and warm here in England and summer has finally arrived! I have been digging out t-shirts and shorts which were stuck at the bottom of my wardrobe. The last few years we have been having awful summers and I hardly used my summer clothes in the UK. Maybe this year we might have some decent weather for a change?!

Today it was the perfect weather for a fresh and tasty insalata Caprese which is native of Capri from which it takes its name.

This salad with the colours of the Italian flag, is simply made of tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil, oregano and olive oil and it is one of the perfect summer recipes. It is essential though to use the best ingredients you can afford. The tomatoes must be ripe , beef tomatoes are usually quite good and the mozzarella and olive oil must be of good quality too. Italian cooking is very simple and often uses very few ingredients that's why it is essential for them to be of good quality: little and simple ingredients for maximum flavour!

You can make this as a starter or just as a main to be enjoyed with some rustic bread and a good glass of red wine...of course πŸ™‚

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes

Instructions

Wash and slice the tomatoes 1/2 centimeter thick

slicing tomatoes

Now slice the mozzarella and wash the basil leafs

mozzarella

Season the tomatoes slices with salt and pepper, a sprinkle of oregano and a dash of olive oil then put a slice of mozzarella on top and a couple of basil leafs, then continue until you finish all the ingredients

Caprese salad

Garnish with some basil and a sprinkle of olive oil and that's it! Easy.

Caprese salad tower

Also, as I am using basil leafs for this recipe, I am entering it into Herbs on a SaturdayΒ  and June's challenge is hosted by Karen herself on Lavender & Lovage.Β 

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10 Responses to Caprese Salad: a taste of the summer

  1. gloria

    I love Caprese salad and this look absolutely delicious!!

    • Alida

      Thank you Gloria!

  2. Javelin Warrior

    This is such a beautiful presentation, Alida! I love the way you’ve stacked the ingredients together… And I recently read that the only way to truly have a delicious caprese salad is to use real buffalo mozzarella. This seems true because most of the mozzarella cheese I’ve tasted is like plastic πŸ˜‰

    • Alida

      Yes it is often like that and it is a cheap version of the real mozzarella. Buffalo one isn’t cheap and it can be considered a treat! The proper one has a very white colour with a thick “skin” and it just melts in your mouth.. yum!

  3. Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    I agree Alida, it must be buffalo mozzarella or it isn’t worth it! Such a simple salad, yet there are so many gorgeous flavours. Yum!

    • Alida

      Thank you Lisa πŸ™‚

  4. Karen

    FABULOUS Alida! I love Caprese salads and the way you have made little stacks is so imaginative and interesting! Karen

  5. la cucina di Molly

    Che bontΓ  la caprese, un piatto molto estivo e fresco, la presentazione a “torretta” Γ¨ stupenda, brava! Un abbraccio!

  6. Nora

    This is one of my all time favourite summer starters. Especially with a good quality mozzarella, it’s to die for!!

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