Insalata Caprese Recipe
How To Make Italian salad of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil and olive oil

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A delicious Insalata Caprese salad combination of Mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato slices and fresh Basil leaves. I like to present this beautiful salad to my dinner guests by building the salad with slices of cheese, tomato and basil leaves in a ring mould....   easy to make!  See more of my Gourmet Ideas

Insalata Caprese Salad

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Insalata Caprese
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Recipe Type: salad, Italian salad, cheese, tomato, vegetable, basil

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 15 min
Serves: 2


4 to 6 ounces fresh buffalo Mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
6 fresh Basil leaves, stacked, rolled, cut 1/4-inch thick
Extra-virgin Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 ring moulds (I use 6 ounce tomato sauce cans, cleaned, both ends removed)
1 teaspoon tomato paste, for garnish
1 tablespoon Lemon juice, for garnish
Capers, for


If using ring moulds, place them on a flat plate; put a tomato slice inside the ring mould, sprinkle with a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, add a slice of buffalo Mozzarella, sprinkle again with a small amount of oil, salt and pepper and a pinch of freshly sliced basil leaves (reserve 2 tablespoons to garnish the top). Repeat this process building each ring mould 3 slices high of Mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. 

Use a spatula to transfer to individual serving plates; remove ring moulds; top with the reserved fresh basil leaves.

Garnish plates by mixing tomato paste with lemon juice, spoon onto plates around the salad, add a few capers and serve
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Wine recommendation: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc

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