Caprese Salad


This Caprese Salad is a classic Italian dish made with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil. It’s a simple salad that is perfect for a summer meal or as a side dish. The salad can be made ahead of time and is best if the ingredients are at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • 3 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. On a large plate or platter, arrange the tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves.

2. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Serve at room temperature.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many potential changes and improvements that can be made to this salad. For example, you could add sliced red onions, Kalamata olives, or roasted red peppers. You could also use a different type of cheese, such as feta or goat cheese. If you want a more substantial salad, you could add cooked chicken or shrimp.

What other food it works well with

This salad goes well with grilled chicken or fish, pasta, or bread. It can also be served as a side dish to a main course.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making this salad is to use ingredients that are not at room temperature. This can make the salad taste bland. Another mistake is to not season the salad with salt and pepper. This simple step can really improve the flavor of the salad.

Nutritional Information

This salad is high in calories and fat. It is also high in sodium if you use mozzarella cheese that is packed in brine. If you are watching your fat intake, you could use a lower-fat cheese such as part-skim mozzarella. You could also use less olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Allergens

This salad contains dairy and gluten. If you have an allergy to these substances, you should not eat this salad.


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