One of the simplest summer salads is this most beautiful and flavor filled Italian favorite It is a family favorite, and I can (and have!) eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Insalata caprese (salad of Capri) consists of freshly sliced tomatoes and mozzarella topped with basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. In Italy it is usually served as antipasto rather than as a side salad. The classic recipe has only olive oill, but we enjoy adding a splash of aged balsamic vinegar. Home grown tomatoes and full fat mozzarella guarantee a satisfying, refreshing plate of goodness.
3 large, ripe tomatoes.
3-4 slices mozzarella
fresh basil leaves
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
balsamic vinegar, optional
Slice tomatoes thinly and arrange on large plate. Cut mozzarella into triangles or slice if using ball of mozzarella. Add to tomatoes and garnish with whole basil leaves. Drizzle olive oil over the top and add salt and pepper. Pass balsamic vinegar.