I ate this fantastic salad in Capri (Naples Bay) last week! It was like a flavor of summer. But anywhere you can enjoy (and any time of year) this fresh, Italian salad. It’s quick and easy to prepare.
Insalata Caprese-Capri style salad
In Italy, this salad is known as insalata caprese (Capri-style salad). It’s best in summer, when tomatoes are at their peak. If you can get imported Buffalo mozzarella from Italy, use it, but domestic fresh mozzarella is fine, as well. Fresh mozzarella cheese is packed in water. It has a softer texture and sweeter, more delicate flavor than the regular part-skim mozzarella that is more commonly used in cooking for its superior melting qualities.
Ingredients: buffalo mozzarella, huge red-green-white tomato, kosher salt, brushetta, basil leaves
Arrange 4 tomato slices and 2 mozzarella slices on each of 6 salad plates. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper; drizzle with oil. Top evenly with basil. Prepare brushetta: rub bagette slices or ciabatta bread with garlic, pour over some olive oil and put into the oven for 5-8 minutes until bruschettas are crispy.