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Tomato and Mozzarella Salad from Capri

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Active Time:  5 Minutes
Total Time:  5 Minutes
  6 servings
Insalata caprese, the salad from Capri, is the perfect summertime dish for lazy cooks in a hurry. Slicing is the hardest part. Bright red tomato slices are interspersed with juicy white mozzarella and whole green basil leaves, drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and a twist of pepper. The salad was created in the 1950s, a substitute for the sumptuous cooking at the Trattoria da Vincenzo for summertime regulars out for a light lunch. They’d order a ripe, just-picked tomato and a fresh, locally made fior di latte, cow’s milk mozzarella--no buffalo on the island of Capri. The salad has evolved on Capri to include a few leaves of rughetta, wild arugula, and a pinch of dried wild oregano, both island products; everywhere else in Italy the salad is limited to tomato, mozzarella, and basil. The dressing is always a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Vinegar would destroy the delicate flavor of fresh mozzarella and is never used.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup loosely packed arugula (optional)
2 pounds ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 pinch first-rate dried oregano (optional)
3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS
Tear basil (and optional arugula) into bite-pieced pieces. Alternate slices of tomato, mozzarella, and basil leaves on a serving platter. Scatter the arugula and oregano on top (if you choose to use them). Drizzle the salad with extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and serve.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Harper Collins. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   6 servings
Calories: 307
Fat. Total: 20g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 10g
Sodium: 413mg
% Cal. from Fat: 59%
Cholesterol: 41mg
Protein: 22g
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