Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese –
My favorite summer entree salad with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. It is quick, easy, healthy and very satisfying.
This salad was created in Italy in the early 1920s. It is a patriotic reflection that visually incorporates the tricolors of the Italian flag red, green and white.
Fresh mozzarella: I like to buy the pre-sliced to make the assembly go faster.
Extra virgin olive oil: Make certain your olive oil says “extra virgin” which will be less processed with more flavor.
Fresh tomatoes: Garden grown tomatoes are the best.
Balsamic vinegar: Place full bottle of vinegar into a pan, heat on low 15-20 min. to reduce it down and it becomes thickened. I keep the extra balsamic glaze in my refrigerator to have ready for my next salad.
Salt and pepper: add to taste to bring out and compliment the flavors of the dish.
Assemble salad: Layer tomato slices, fresh mozzarella and basil, drizzle with olive oil, balsamic glaze and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy!