Insalata Caprese II

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Ready In

    15 m
Recipe by  Marina

“Because this salad is so simple, fresh, top-quality tomatoes and mozzarella are important.”

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  1. On a large platter, alternate and overlap the tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper.

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I've been making this salad for years. However, us Sicilians make it a little different. Also, another trick is to use fresh bocconcini (the smaller fresh moz. balls) and to use very fresh Roma (chopped) tomatoes or cherry/plum tomatoes. I add a lot of balsamic dressing with only a splash of olive oil (plus at least 3-4 cloves of fresh chopped garlic). Mix together and let the flavors marinate together (it tastes delicious when the balsamic vinegar and garlic flavors soak into the cheese). Just a little Sicilian twist to the caprese salad.



My fiance and I ate this nearly every day when we were in Italy. The submitter isn't lying - top-quality ingredients are essential. Use tomatoes on the vine, not beefsteaks. If at all possible, use Buffalo mozzerrella, it is absolutely, UNBELIEVABLY moist and delicious and tastes nothing like the over-processed variety (if you live in the mid-Atlantic, Wegman's has it). I personally like to drizzle a little good Balsamic on at the end and sometimes sprinkle some kosher salt on top. Mmmmmmmm......



This is a traditional Italian favorite in our family which is at its best in summer, with juicy, flavorful, red-ripe Roma tomatoes and bright, crisp fresh basil. Simple and just plain delicious, even with nothing more than a good, crusty bread!

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 311 cal
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 23.9 g
  • 37%
  • Carbs
  • 6.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 17.9 g
  • 36%
  • Cholesterol
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 627 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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