Tomato and Mozzarella Salad, Capri Style (Insalata Caprese)
This classic Italian salad works well as a light lunch or as an appetizer. This summer dish depends on ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and good-quality fresh mozzarella cheese. You can add sliced red onions as well.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: None
Yield: 4 servings
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups arugula, washed (optional)
2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into 1⁄4-inch-thick slices
3⁄4 pound mozzarella, cut into 1⁄4-inch-thick slices
8 leaves basil, finely sliced, or 2 tablespoons dried oregano
Prepare the dressing, whisking together the vinegar and salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl.
Slowly whisk in the oil until the dressing is smooth. Set aside.
Line 4 plates with the arugula leaves. Arrange alternating slices of tomato and mozzarella over the arugula to form a circle.
Sprinkle the salad with basil and drizzle with the prepared dressing. Serve immediately after the salad is dressed.