Last Updated on 15th August 2022 by Pauline Loughlin
Caprese salad, known as insalata Caprese in Italian, is a fresh tomato salad with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and other ingredients. There are tons of variations of this delicious dish, but I prefer to keep mine light and simple.
What other ingredients can you add to a Caprese salad?
Some recipes add ingredients like balsamic vinegar, but I feel this tends to overpower the fresh flavour of the tomatoes and the delicate taste of the cheese. Instead, I just use lemon juice with a little extra virgin olive oil. The lemon enhances the flavours of the other ingredients instead over masking them.
Be sure you’re using fresh mozzarella and not the firm slightly yellow version you might shred to use for pizza or lasagna. Fresh mozzarella has a delicate flavour and softer texture. You can find it sold in logs or balls. Either one works fine, but I find the logs easier to slice. Sometimes you can even find the logs pre-sliced
Frequently Asked Questions About Caprese Salads
How healthy is a Caprese salad?
Due. to the large amounts of mozzarella contained in this dish it isn’t the healthiest option with relatively high fat content at 14g
What goes with a Caprese salad?
Tomatoes, onion, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and basil are the staple ingredients of a Caprese salad
Which tomatoes are best for Caprese?
Large salad tomatoes or fresh vine tomatoes work best with a Caprese salad.
What can I substitute for basil in Caprese salad?
You can substitute the basil in a Caprese salad with mint, tarragon or oregano.
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