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L’Insalata Caprese (Caprese Salad)

I posted this idea about three years ago around this time and felt that it was worth a re-post. Simple, elegant and delicious.

This individualized “mini” salad looks beautiful on the plate and will most likely bring a smile to your guests’ faces.

  • Tomatoes sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (use two different colors.  For example, red and yellow)
  • Fresh ball of Mozzarella sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • Red Onion sliced thinly
  • Basil leaves, fresh only
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Sea Salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar, optional

On a plate, build your tower beginning with the red tomato slice.  On top of that, place a slice of mozzarella cheese.  Next, place a few thin strands of red onion. Begin with your next tomato color (for example, yellow) and place that on top of the onion.  Follow it again with another slice of mozzarella and finally, a red tomato slice.

Garnish the top by placing a single large basil leaf on the top center of your salad.  Hold it all together by driving a single sprig of rosemary through the top so that it is almost like a “tree” coming out of the top.  The stem will serve as a “toothpick” holding it together.

Rain a slight amount of sea salt over your salad, and drizzle lightly with fresh extra virgin olive oil.  If desired, a few drops of balsamic vinegar around the salad plate for decoration and dipping are nice.

Buon Appetito!

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