Insalata Caprese is one of those dishes that inspires passionate praise as "The Best" tomato dish. It's hard to argue - the sweetness of the tomato, the creamy tang of the mozzarella, the green spice of basil, all conspire to make an amazing, yet simple, salad.
This is the place for fresh mozzarella in brine
Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 as a side dish, 2 as a veggie main course. Double, triple, quintuple as you like.
2 large, fresh tomatoes, or about 1 lb total
1 cup fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Good olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cut the tomatoes into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Arrange tomato slices on a platter. Top each wiwth a piece of mozzarella, and some basil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve. Gorgeous.
Photo and recipe by Tod Dimmick