Insalata Caprese
an Italian Tomato Salad Recipe

This easy Tomato Salad Recipe is very very simple to prepare and is perfect for those hot summer days. Summer fresh tomato and buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped fresh basil makes a great light lunch.

Italian tomato salad

The combination of vitamins and minerals from the sun ripe tomato plus the calcium and protein from the cheese make this a healthy substitute for a meal.

If you cannot find buffalo mozzarella, just substitute any type of mozzarella cheese.

You can vary the dressing from the plain olive oil called for in this simple salad recipe, to any vinaigrette of your choice.

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Tomato Salad Recipe - Insalata Caprese

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 lb (1 k) large size tomato - sliced
  • 1 lb (1/2 K) Buffalo mozzarella - sliced
  • 8 - 10 fresh basil leaves - shredded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Recipe Options:

pinch of oregano

1 tbsp (15 ml) salted capers black olives

Recipe Method:

1. Slice the mozzarella into rounds (if possible) and lay them onto 6 plates.

2. Wash & slice the tomato and lay the tomato slices over the cheese.

3. Drizzle the olive oil over top, sprinkle with the shredded basil & oregano.

4. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Recipe Yield: This simple tomato recipe serves 6

Recipe Notes:

1. If you wish to prepare this ahead of time - it is easier to just slice the tomato and cheese and place all the ingredients in one bowl to refrigerate. Then you serve it like a regular tomato salad with salad tongs. This also works better for Picnics or BBQs.

2. I have also seen this Tomato Salad served on a bed of lettuce which is very pretty as well as tasty.

Did you know

- that the buffalo mozzarella is made from the milk from water buffalo.

- that water buffaloes live in the marshlands of Campania - a part of Italy.

- that apparently the buffalo were introduced to that area by the Romans.

- that the milk from a water buffalo produces a cheese that is richer yet tangier than a cheese from cow's milk.

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