Vegetarian Recipe: Insalata Caprese

30 Apr

NOTE: Grace got to come home from the hospital today. I’m not sure when she’ll be back online, but I know she’s looking forward to spending the weekend with her boys.

This pretty, tasty salad can be assembled in under five minutes.

We have a wonderful new restaurant here in Tulsa called Piatto. One of my favorite menu items at Piatto is a very simple dish called insalata Caprese, which means “salad in the style of Capri.”

Tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and salad dressing are all you need.

It’s almost too easy to be called a recipe, but it’s so pretty, tasty, and easy to prepare that it’s an ideal addition to summer menus, and it looks impressive at dinner parties. It’s also cheap: I found a ball of fresh mozzarella at ALDI the other day for $2.49, and Roma tomatoes were on sale for 79 cents a six-pack. The only other ingredients you need are basil (fresh or dried — restaurant-style salad uses fresh, but if you don’t have any on hand, dried will do in a pinch) and Italian dressing.

Romas and fresh mozzarella -- a perfect combination.

Halve the ball of mozzarella and cut it into quarter-inch-thick slices. Wipe off the knife and slice up two Roma tomatoes. Arrange the cheese and tomato slices on a plate, sprinkle with a little basil, and drizzle with Italian dressing.

♥ Chef’s note: If you have any balsamic vinegar and olive oil on hand, use a light drizzle of each in place of the salad dressing for a more restaurant-style taste.


2 Responses to “Vegetarian Recipe: Insalata Caprese”

  1. Jennie Absher May 3, 2010 at 3:21 PM #

    Insalata Caprese is exactly what I had for lunch (and a little glass of wine) on the Isle of Capri during my visit to Italy a few years ago. I can still remember sitting at the open air cafe high up on the Isle surrounded by beautiful flowers and looking out at the aqua color mediterranean sea. I could have stayed there forever.
    Thanks for bringing back that memory.

    Get well soon Gracie.


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