Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Caprese Salad

This salad is delicious and so straightforward.  Just a few basic ingredients and you have the most stunning dish!

2 ripe tomatoes
8 slices fresh buffalo mozzarella
8 large basil leaves (fresh)
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

First you slice your tomatoes in slices about 1/4 inch.  One tomato should yield 4 nice slices.  Arrange 8 slices of tomatoes on the bottom of your platter and season with salt and pepper.  Next slice the mozzarella into 1/4" thick slices and place one slice over the bottom layer of tomatoes.  Place one nice big piece of fresh basil over each piece of cheese.  Top the cheese and basil with the other slice of tomato.  Drizzle a little olive oil and the balsamic vinegar over the salad.  Lastly, season with fresh cracked pepper and salt.

Side note: You want to make sure that the tomatoes you pick for this salad are really ripe- they should be a deep red and really juicy.  The dish just won't be the same with mealy tasteless tomatoes.  Even if it means paying a little more for a better looking variety- go for it.  Besides, buffalo mozzarella isn't cheap so you need a flavorful juicy tomato to stand up it.

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