Light lunches - Caprese Salad Recipe
Italian food is often my go-to when I want something fast, fresh and delicious and if you're looking for light lunches, this Caprese Salad recipe is an excellent option. It takes minutes to prepare but is packed full of flavour and will make you feel like you're sitting at a beautiful stylish restaurant on the Amalfi Coast.
Meaning of Caprese Salad
Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese translates literally as the salad from Capri - the gorgeous sun-soaked island off Italy's famous Amalfi Coast. The Caprese Salad is rumoured to have been designed to mimic the Italian flag with the red, white and green colours of tomato, mozzarella and basil.
Ingredients for Caprese salad
There are just three ingredients in a Caprese Salad, making it one of the best options for light lunches in the summertime. They are ripe tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.
The best mozzarella cheese comes from the Campania region of Italy and is made from Buffalo milk. Always use ripe tomatoes that are in season to get the best flavour, you can use any kind like cherry or heirloom. I always recommend growing your own herbs at home as they'll be as fresh as can be and you can add them to all of your home cooking creations.
Dressing for Caprese salad
The dressing for a Caprese salad is simply extra virgin olive oil and good quality balsamic vinegar, or I also like to use a balsamic glaze to really intensify the flavour.
How to make a Caprese salad
Drain the Mozzarella and slice it into medallions. Cut the tomatoes into similarly sized pieces and layer them on a plate in a circle. Scatter the fresh basil on top and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic glaze. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper and you're good to go.
As befitting of food from the Amalfi Coast, I dressed the table using the Amalfi Box from The Table Stylist which is an amazing small local business near me in Surrey. The signature colours of the Amalfi Coast are lemon yellow with sapphire blue, splashes of leafy green and white china. It evokes such a strong sense of being in Italy, and I love how it allowed us to travel there from home.
I smother all my food in cracked black pepper, are you the same? I just find it enhances everything so much, food feels odd to me without it, naked.
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