Beautiful Caprese Salad

NOTE:  This salad comes from the Isle of Capri, and could be one of the most popular of Italian salads.  If possible, use only vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh grown basil for the best flavor.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound buffalo mozzarella cheese, drained and cubed small
  • 2 large fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, small quartered
  • Or 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, torn in pieces
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cuisine: Italian
Yield: Serves 6.
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Instructions:

  1. Place the mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves in a medium bowl.  Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.  Pour dressing over salad and toss.  Serve with toasted Italian bread.  Serves 6.