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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.

[Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/olgna]
Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/olgna

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

  1. 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.

  2. Line 4 plates with the arugula leaves. Arrange alternating slices of tomato and mozzarella over the arugula to form a circle.

  3. Sprinkle the salad with basil and drizzle with the prepared dressing. Serve immediately after the salad is dressed.

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