The caprese salad is a fresh and enchanting recipe, made with simple ingredients that come together in a harmonious symphony of flavors. A perfect summer recipe, the caprese salad might just be the most famous salad in the world, find out how to make it the Italian way!
- 2 mozzarellas fiordilatte
- 4 tomatoes
- Fresh basil
- Extra Virgin olive oil
The caprese salad is an all-Italian recipe born in the Mediterranean Island of Capri, as the name suggests it. Between the well-known faraglioni and the famous via Krupp, enjoying a fresh caprese salad for lunch is a must.
And although we know where it came from, the exact origins of the recipe are still unclear. Some suggest that it was first prepared in a restaurant in Capri, in the 20s, to promote the futuristic vegetarian cooking of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s Manifesto, which supported the removal of pasta to favor lighter flourless dishes of smaller portions.
According to popular beliefs, the caprese salad was conceived for the Egyptian King Farouk who enjoyed eating “something fresh” after a day at the beach. Even though the origins of this dish are still shady, the taste of the caprese salad continue to shine on Italian and worldwide tables.
The caprese salad is a very light dish that doesn’t require any cooking, so all the precious ingredients retain their properties. The caprese salad is made with fresh products, which makes it a perfect summer dish able to attract all food lovers through its simplicity.
Rinse the tomatoes and cut them into slices. Arrange them on a nice plate and season them with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh basil and a pinch of salt. Drain the mozzarella fiordilatte, slice it and place the pieces on top of the tomatoes.
Complete the dish with an extra drizzle of olive oil and couple of basil leaves. Enjoy the caprese salad with a refreshing Sanpellegrino Aranciata and summer will no longer be just a season but a way of life!
As with all traditional recipes, even the caprese salad exists in different variations. For example, some version require dry oregano on the tomatoes. The caprese salad can also be made with either buffalo mozzarella or fiordilatte.