Saturday, September 11, 2010

Caprese salad

Or "Insalata Caprese" pronounced "kah-pray-zay." Insalata Caprese (salad in the style of Capri) is a simple salad from the Italian region of Campania, made of sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, and seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil. In Italy, unlike most salads, it is usually served as an antipasto (first course), not a contorno (side dish).
(Info from Wikipedia)

Summer is a perfect time for this refreshing salad with fresh tomatoes and basil. Plus, if you're Italian, it's very patriotic with the 3 colors of the flag. I wish I was Italian.

Some people will also add a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Some people also will serve it in a different style than I did by slicing the cheese and tomatoes in thick slices. I think it's just naturally a very pretty salad.

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I don't feel like I need to give a recipe. Tomatoes+Mozzerella+Basil+olive oil+salt+pepper. All to taste.

P.S. Having a basil plant is SO much cheaper than buying it at the store!! And so much more convenient...because you can use just a couple leaves, and the others won't go bad in the fridge! Plus, you don't have to have a garden to have a basil plant...just grow it near a sunny window in a pot.

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