Insalata Caprese (known in the States as a Caprese Salad) is a traditional Italian appetizer made with simple and fresh summery ingredients.
Simple Summer Caprese Salad
Caprese Salads are just beautiful.
Wouldn’t you agree?
Yes, they are simple, but they are so fresh and bright, and they remind me of summer.
Italian Insalata Caprese
Insalata Caprese, as you’ll find this salad called in Italy, has its origins from the island of Capri, south of the coast of Naples.
Just look at how the salad shows off the colors of the Italian flag!
In the States, you’ll often find a caprese salad drizzled with some balsamic vinegar and served as a light lunch, but not in Italy.
The traditional Italian way of eating insalata caprese is as an antipasto, or starter, to your meal.
With garden basil, juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, all you need is a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil to bring this salad together and make the creamy flavors of the mozzarella really stand out.
Insalata Caprese (Caprese Salad) is a traditional Italian appetizer made with simple and fresh ingredients.
- 1 oz ball fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1 large, firm tomato
- 12-15 leaves fresh basil
- 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and pepper
- Slice the tomato and mozzarella into rounds, thick enough to hold together, but thin enough that they’re not unwieldy.
- On a plate or serving platter, alternate layers of tomatoes and cheese, placing a basil leaf between.
- Drizzle the whole salad with a little oil and dust with some salt and ground black pepper.
Serve as a starter with some good Italian bread.