Friday, July 9, 2010
Here's a little history I gleaned from Wikipedia: "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)... Insalata caprese is sometimes called insalata tricolore, tricolore referring to the three colors of the Italian flag..." from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insalata_Caprese
2-3 large, fresh tomatoes, cut in 3/8-inch slices
1/2 pound good mozzarella cheese, cut in 1/4-inch slices
a bunch of fresh basil leaves, left whole or cut into ribbons (chiffonade)
freshly ground pepper
On round or oval platter, arrange tomato slices, mozzarella slices, and basil leaves in a fallling-domino pattern around the plate. Drizzle with equal amounts of olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
Photo credit: http://www.theolivebranchinc.com/images/recipes-caprese-salad.jpg