Can you guess where this salad originated from? Here is a clue…
Ok, so for those individuals that did not major in vexillology, the answer is Italy. More specifically Campania, a southern region of Italy. Caprese salad, as you may have noticed, was created to mirror the colors of the Italian flag.
The Caprese Salad looks simple but has an irresistibly fresh bite. This dish requires very little technique but a whole lot of quality. The only way, and I mean the absolute singular definitive way you can mess this up is by using low quality ingredients. When a dish is as simple as this one, the ingredients really shine through. Here are a few ways to enjoy this salad to the fullest…
1) Make this when tomatoes are ripe, juicy (but still firm) and in season (depending on your area). Don’t refrigerate tomatoes (it degrades the flavor).
2) Take out a loan and buy the best balsamic vinegar and olive oil you can or if you’re like me then the best you can afford.
3) Use fresh basil, like “just plucked from the plant” fresh.
4) Use high quality mozzarella, it can usually be found in health food stores.
5) Buy an airplane ticket to Italy and order a plate.