Caprese Salad is a classic. One that many are familiar with and that Heather and I love. I have seen it prepared quite a few different ways and it’s always delicious. Heather and I have developed our own favorite way of preparing Caprese Salad that we love. We’re excited to share this easy and delicious recipe with you all! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
For this salad the core ingredients are always the same and that is what makes it so good. Fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil make up the base of Caprese Salad and are a great flavor combination. The key is to use high quality, fresh ingredients. Add some extra virgin olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and freshly cracked black pepper with some crusty baguette slices and you have a masterpiece. One that requires no cooking and very little prep.
History of Caprese Salad
Caprese Salad is a classic Italian antipasto, or appetizer, traditionally made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil seasoned with salt and olive oil. The name means salad of Capri and it is both an homage to the Italian flag and the best and favorite ingredients of Italy. It is a common flavor combination and can be found on pizza, called a margherita or in sandwiches. Although many variations on the dish have been created using ingredients like olives, garlic, black pepper, and romaine. Some even add balsamic vinegar or use Italian dressing or pesto instead of olive oil. It’s all delicious to me.
For those of you who are gluten-free, you can try gluten-free bread substitutions or just toss the other ingredients and eat it with a fork! Also, I buy an amazing local fresh mozzarella cheese from Ferndale Farmstead and, if you live in the PNW, I highly recommend it because it is way better than the mass produced stuff and costs around the same amount. If you live elsewhere and can’t find it, look for Fior Di Latte or another high quality local fresh mozzarella for a truly decadent dish. With dishes like this the quality of the ingredients is the most important factor. As always feel free to Chef Around and make this dish your own. Enjoy!