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Insalata Caprese Salad, also known as Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Plate is one of the simplest and most delicious of summer salads. It requires only the right ingredients and the right season:
Insalta Caprese Salad is basically a summer dish that should be made only with local vine-ripened tomatoes that are red, juicy and flavorful but not overly soft, and preferably unrefrigerated.
The next ingredient should be truly fragrant, flavorful young basil leaves. Green basil grown in the earth and sun, not the hydroponically grown giant leaf variety which has little flavor.
The next essential ingredient is good quality fresh mozzarella cheese. Good fresh cow’s milk mozzarella (called Fior di latte) does just as well. Never use the yellow plastic-sheathed supermarket variety!
Finally, you need genuine extra-virgin olive oil and only olive oil, the best you can afford.
With a good quality fresh bread and a glass of cool or slightly chilled white wine, Insalata Caprese Salad makes an excellent summer lunch or, in a small portion an ideal first course for a summer meal.
Insalata Caprese Salad – Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Plate Recipe: