Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese

Insalata caprese (ka-PREE-zee) is Italian for “Salad of Capri.” I love the simplicity of this salad. Many people like to serve with balsamic, or balsamic glaze, but I feel that it overwhelms the rest of the ingredients.

Feel free to shake it up. Skip the basil dressing and go straight for the extra-virgin olive oil, or drizzle the basil dressing on the serving platter before assembling the salad on top. Want a little more visual impact? Use a variety of tomato shapes and colors. It all works!

  • INSALATA CAPRESE
  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 0hr 25mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
WHAT YOU NEED WHAT TO DO WHY
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 ounce flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 ounce sweet basil
  • 1/2 ounce Italian oregano
  • Up to 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Up to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
For the basil dressing, in a blender or food processor, pulse all together to purée (20-30 seconds). Add 2-3 tablespoons to a decorative container to serve with the salad. With a silicone spatula, scrape the remainder into a 1-cup canning jar, cap tightly and refrigerate for another use, such as a dressing for paninis or a sauce for pasta. Parsley adds fresh, grassy notes, basil adds a peppery, minty flavor, while oregano adds a pungent bite. The dressing is difficult to make in a smaller quantity, and it is lovely to have on hand.
  • 4 thick slices from the center of an 8 ounce Mozzarella ball
  • 4 thick slices from the center of a large vine-ripened beefsteak-style tomato
  • 1 black cherry tomato, quartered
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Alternate mozzarella and tomato slices down an oblong serving platter. Tuck a basil leaf behind each slice, alternating right and left as you go. Tuck in quartered cherry tomatoes around the edges; drizzle all with olive oil. Position dressing on the side, drizzling over the salad just before serving. Adding a second variety of tomato adds interest to the salad without being fussy. Black cherry tomatoes are deep in color, approximately 1 ½ inches in diameter, and are commonly available.
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Beautiful. Easy, too.