Carpese salad is a variant of tomato mozzarella salad. Actually, it is the original tomato mozzarella salad. The name is the English version of Insalata Caprese: “Salad of Capri”
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It was designed to mimic the colors of the Italian flag, red, white, and green. Caprese salad is “traditionally” made with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil. Some people will scoff at you if you use cow’s milk mozzarella. If they do, just laugh in their face and explain that a real traditional caprese salad will use’s cow cheese instead of buffalo cheese. Actually, it isn’t supposed to have basil either, but arugala and oregano. Arugala makes sense; after all, it IS a salad. In the US, basalmic vinegar is a popular choice in addition to the oil.
Caprese salad is very easy to make. All it takes is slicing tomatoes and mozzarella in half inch slices and layering it with basil (or arugala and oregano) and drizzling with olive oil and sprinkling with some salt and pepper.
- 1 lb tomatoes
- 4 oz. fresh mozzarella
- ½ c. fresh basil
- Tbsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Cut tomatoes into 1” chunks, mozzarella into ½” chunks, and coarsely chop basil.
- Mix ingredients together.