I was out to dinner with a friend of mine a few weeks ago now and noticed a Caprese salad on the menu.
There’s something about the simple, fresh flavours of this traditional Italian salad, which I find irresistible, especially at this time of the year when the tomatoes are so juicy and full of flavour, and the fresh basil so lush and fragrant.
Needless to say, a plate of Caprese salad was ordered on our night out… and I’ve been craving more ever since.
I’ve finally had a chance to make it again, and it looked so pretty that I thought you might be tempted to give it a go yourself.
Given there are essentially only 5 ingredients, just make sure the quality of the produce that goes into it is spot on, otherwise the result might be underwhelming.
- 2-3 ripe tomatoes
- 1-2 mozzarella balls (approx. 350g)
- 1 handful of basil leaves
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction
- sea salt and cracked black pepper
- Thickly slice the tomatoes and mozzarella and arrange on a plate with the basil leaves.
- Sprinkle with cracked pepper and salt.
- Immediately prior to serving, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic.
- If desired, garnish with additional, shredded basil leaves.