Caprese Salad, a recipe

>> Saturday, April 10, 2010


1 (12) oz bag vine ripened cherry tomatoes
1 lb ciliegine (cherry size) fresh mozzarella balls
6-7 fresh basil leaves
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Coarse Sea Salt

First, slice your tomatoes in half. A cool trick I learned is to use 2 plastic lids to cut the tomatoes in bunches- (like from packaged items at the deli. In this instance, I bought two containers of mozzarella and used the lids from those.)

Place your tomatoes in between the lids like a sandwich. Press down on the top lid and slice across the mid section. You can halve several tomatoes in one shot instead of cutting them one by one!

Next, drain your mozzarella if it is packed in brine. Add it to the tomatoes.
Stack your basil leaves in a pile, roll them lengthwise like a cigar and then slice it into thin ribbons. This is called chiffonade.

(I forgot to take a photo of this, this image is from
Sprinkle the basil over the top of the salad and dress with good olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste, stir to combine.

Just prior to serving, sprinkle with a pinch of coarse sea salt. Salting the tomatoes causes them to release their juices which, if done too early, won't make the salad any less yummy, it will just make for a lot of liquid in the bottom of the bowl.



Dana April 10, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

Yumm, I'll have to remember this recipe when our tomatoes are in season as this would be a perfect Summer salad.

Campbell Jane April 10, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

I love this salad. Looks so good and refreshing! Love your tip about slicing the tomatoes. Definitely going to try that!

Johnnie April 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

Oh my goodness. This looks wonderful. Going to have to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

Grace April 10, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

A big favorite in our house. We are lucky enough to live in an Italian neighborhood and so get fresh house made mozzarella...

Waterrose April 11, 2010 at 12:58 AM  

Great recipe and thanks for the helpful way to slice cherry tomatoes....and all of these years....geeze!

Janiss April 11, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

Oh, that looks SO delicious! Love Caprese salad. And that is a GREAT tip on cutting cherry tomatoes.

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