Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

    Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

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    About this recipe: Be transported to the island of Capri with this classic Insalata Caprese. Proof that sometimes the simplest things in life are the best.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 4 large tomatoes
    • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 315g mozzarella cheese, thickly sliced
    • 8 to 10 leaves fresh basil, torn into strips

    Directions
    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Chop tomatoes in half, slice thinly and arrange on four plates. Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over each serving, and sprinkle with black pepper. Lay slices of cheese over tomatoes and top with strips of basil.
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    Known by the Italian name of Insalata Capresse which is traditionally served as Owen's recipe indicates ~ no balsamic vinegar. The key to this dish is using FRESH ingredients. My family enjoys this salad using JUST picked tomatoes and basil from the garden and fresh mozzarella known as "burrata" which is made in the Puglia region in the south of Italy and is considered an artisanal cheese (the name "burrata" means "buttered" in Italian). Usually you can find buratta in specialty food stores... The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture and is usually served fresh, at room temperature. I serve this with a splash of GOOD balsamic vinegar with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Serve with a fresh crusty loaf of bread and a bottle of Rose or Viognier which are fruity wines that pair well with this disn and one is in heaven.  -  30 Jul 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    108

    You simply *MUST* use FRESH mozzarella cheese to fully appreciate this recipe. I can't even imagine it with the bland, hard stuff you find in the dairy case at grocery stores. Fresh mozzarella is a bit difficult to find but it's worth the effort. Try specialty stores. I like to slice fresh tomatoes, sprinkle with sea salt, add torn pieces of fresh basil, then the mozzarella. Drizzle all with a good quality extra virgin olive oil combined with a splash of balsamic vinegar.  -  29 Feb 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    74

    Ate some style of this salad daily when visiting Italy. Simplify even more by using fresh Roma tomatoes for the best flavor and basil infused EVOO...simply put some fresh leaves of basil into an empty salad dressing bottle, pour your favorite EVOO into the bottle and it will taste delicious within hours. A nice healthy summer salad.  -  03 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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