Another tomato, basil and mozzarella salad -- what's new about that? Apart from a bursting-with-flavor basil vinaigrette, and the fact that the tomato and basil came from my own garden? And the cheese came from Rhode Island's primo artisan cheesemaker, Narragansett Creamery? That's a whole lot of excitement on one plate. Insalata Caprese (salad in the style of Capri, and the proper name for this salad) hails from the Campania region of Italy; the colors of the salad echo the red, white and green of the Italian flag. Add a bit of crusty bread and a glass of white wine, and maybe an old Marcello Mastroianni movie, and your simple Caprese salad becomes an event.
Tomato, basil and mozzarella salad with basil vinaigrette
Serves 2; can be doubled.
For the dressing:
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
3 large basil leaves, chopped
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
For the salad:
1 large ripe tomato, or 2 medium tomatoes
4-6 large basil leaves
1/2 lb fresh mozzarella cheese (regular or buffalo mozzarella)
In a blender, combine the mustard, vinegar, garlic, chopped basil leaves, salt and pepper. Process until fairly smooth. Then, add the oil in a stream (through the hole in the lid of the blender), until all is well incorporated.
Cut the tomato into 1/4-inch thick slices. Wash and dry the basil leaves. Slice the mozzarella into 1/4-inch thick slices. Arrange the tomato, basil and cheese on a platter.
Pour as much of the dressing as you like over the top. Season with additional black pepper, to taste.
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Warm tomato, basil and mozzarella salad
Quick and easy garlic naan pizza with roasted peppers and cheese
Goat cheese and basil bruschetta
Bread salad with roasted tomato vinaigrette
Roasted potatoes with lemon thyme vinaigrette
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Tomato, olive, and fresh mozzarella salad with basil vinaigrette, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Arugula, mozzarella, tomato on foccaccia, from Simply Recipes
Zucchini tomato mozzarella pie, from Gluten-Free Goddess
Pesto potato, tomato and fresh mozzarella salad, from Cookin' Canuck
Tomato risotto with basil and fresh mozzarella, from Last Night's Dinner
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