Thursday, July 8, 2010

Insalata Caprese

A reminder of the abundance of vine-ripened summer tomatoes and what a few simple fresh ingredients can create for your garden to table meal.


Insalata Caprese
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
3-4 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
On a large platter, arrange tomatoes and mozzarella alternating and overlapping them. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Add chopped basil. Drizzle with olive oil.

Enjoy!

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57 comments:

Julie said...

I am counting down the days to our ripe tomatoes. This salad is my favorite summer salad. Beautiful colors.

Tina Marie said...

Perfect for this summer heat......as always, gorgeous photos!

Recipe for Delicious said...

Lovely presentation, Velva, I just saw a caprese on Dinner with Julie that uses watermelon. So many great salads today!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

You are so lucky to have such lovely tomatoes! Soon, soon, in the Northeast.

mangocheeks said...

If its not the flavours that appeal, its the colours. So wonderful.

dinnersanddreams.net said...

This is my husband's favorite salad. I love the tomatoes in different colors.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

My mouth is watering! Looks scrumptious! ♥

Pam said...

This is summer on a plate all the way! It looks perfect with all the beautiful colors and I know it's delicious!

The Japanese Redneck said...

WOW, beautiful presentation. I luv the different colors of the tomatoes.

I'm going to have to order yellow and green striped tomato seeds now!

TKW said...

That's my favorite salad in the whole world. It's also my lunch for the two solid months when tomatoes are worth eating. Gorgeous!

girlichef said...

Simple and gorgeous! I love this salad in the height of tomato season...doesn't get much better =)

intuitive eggplant said...

One of my favorite summer salads. With your multi-colored tomatoes, even more appealing! Gorgeous photo!

3 hungry tummies said...

What a beautiful plate of goodness! I can't wait for summer to come so I can taste the beautiful tomatoes again!

my boyfriend cooks for me said...

I am obsessed with caprese salads, especially when tomatoes are in season. This is simply stunning!

Andrea said...

Beautiful!! The colors along speak to the awesome flavor that awaits the lucky diner :)

Cook with Madin said...

Lovely dish, it's totally mouthwatering the way you presented it and your photo is great.

RamblingTart said...

This is one of my absolute FAVORITE summer dishes, Velva, and you've done it so prettily with those gorgeous tomatoes. :-)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Simple and fabulous! Looks great!

Ana Powell said...

So simple and delicious ♥

Barbara said...

My very favorite lunch, Velva! And I love that you've done it with a variety of garden tomatoes! Delish!

Chef E said...

I swear I can smell that! Are the 'matter from your garden?

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful Caprese with the different colors of tomatoes! It's one of my very favorite salads.

Raina said...

Wow! You sure made this dish look very tempting! Great recipe..thanks!

Hungry Dog said...

One of my favorite summer salads! Delicious and pretty, too.

Julie said...

Looks simple and delicious! I love the different colored tomatoes in there :)

The Absence of Alternatives said...

I don't eat cheese but I love fresh tomatoes. :-) The colors are gorgeous.

Marguerite said...

What a beautiful plate of tomatoes! I could eat them all!

Heavenly Housewife said...

The way you put this together is completely stunning. It is very hard to find those beautifully coloured tomatoes here in the UK, but if i do come across them, I'd love to serve them just like this.
Have a great weekend.
*kisses* HH

a-man said...

Che bello!
Tricolore...

Grazie!

Kim said...

Hi Velva! Thanks for the big welcome back:) I love traveling, but it is always good to come back and be in your own home (and kitchen)!

Your caprese shows the bounty of the season and displays it well - very pretty!

We Are Not Martha said...

This is one of my very favorite summer dishes (and so simple too!). I especially love that you used multi-colored tomatoes. The green are so pretty :)

Sues

annie said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! :) I think the class will get better each week... next week will be the real test! Love the looks of this salad, by the way. Tomatoes are my favorite summer food!

tasteofbeirut said...

I thought of this salad just yesterday because of the abundance of our mountain-style tomatoes (similar to the heirloom ones in the US). Looks delightful!

Chef Dennis said...

oh Velva
that is the best looking Insalata Caprese I have ever seen in my life....Its so pretty I wanted to cry.....a work of art!! those different colour tomatoes really set it off!
as for the magazines, if you hover over the words BBC good food, delicious, Donna Hay and Woman and home they are linked to the magazines web sites and you can see them there....the BBC also has a few other good magazines too...If there is a Barnes and Noble around you go in and see if they carry them, I just sit there and read them and make notes now....they run about $10 each....
Thanks again for making my day with that beautiful salad!!
Dennis

Erica said...

Another beautiful dish, Velva!!!I love the colors and it is the perfect summer lunch.

Sook said...

Tomatoes with basil sound really good. And healthy!

Angie's Recipes said...

Love all the different colour tomatoes, which make your insalata Capress so special!

Sage said...

I just love this recipe and your photo makes it even better; great photo.
Rita

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Gorgeous! I'm still waiting on my heirlooms...coming soon I hope!

Joanne said...

Caprese always screams summer to me. This is the perfect salad!

Vickie said...

One of my absolute favorite summer meals with a thick slice of chewy bread - yours is so beautiful with all the different colors of tomato! I'm looking forward to my tomatoes getting ripe (any day now) - yea, summer!

Nirmala said...

One my favorite ways to eat tomatoes.

Dishesdone said...

Perfect salad! It looks so good! Nothing like a Caprese salad!

buffalodick said...

I must try this someday!

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

Those are the most beautiful tomatoes I have seen all year. Your salad is making my mouth water!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Absolutely beautiful! Great picture! I so would love to serve this for company, thanks!

Chris said...

Our tomato plants are kicking out some great fruit right now so this is one we are making this week.

Eliana said...

Hmmmm - looks so simple yet so delicious.

theUngourmet said...

This is my most favorite salad on the planet! Beautiful!!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Isn't this classic salad the perfect recipe for vine ripened tomatoes. I like the variety of colors you have in this mix.

smalltownoven said...

Definitely one of my favorite things to make. Perfect for a summer day. Love all the color!

Stella said...

Velva, you live in Florida, no? I never see nice tomatoes like this. Never!
I can only dream, Velva-looks wonderful!

Kim (Liv Life) said...

The Heirloom Tomatoes just arrived in full force at our farmer's market and this is always a hit at our house!

Sandi said...

that looks great....I love tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. I really should make this salad as I have a whole bunch of basil growing on my terrace

Mimi said...

Summer is so delicious.
mimi

Ashley said...

What a gorgeous array of tomatoes! Beautiful :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

My sons come to dinner on Sunday, the youngest lives in South Philly and is bringing fresh mozz from the market tomorrow. Tomatoes and basil from my garden-yea ha!

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