A Caprese Salad is one of our all-time favorite Italian dishes, and while it’s hard to go past the classic, we love this version which gives it a little twist by adding prosciutto, olives and capers.
Juicy ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and salty olives and prosciutto come together to make a delicious salad that’s great to eat on its own or served with some crusty fresh bread and a glass of light red wine.
About the Caprese Salad
The Caprese salad (also known as insalata caprese) is a traditional Italian dish that originated in the region of Campania, specifically on the island of Capri. The dish is made with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and salt.
According to tradition, the dish was first created as a simple combination of the freshest ingredients available on the island of Capri. The dish became popular throughout Italy in the 20th century, and it is now considered a classic Italian dish. It is said that the colors of the Italian flag, green, white and red, are represented in this dish, with the basil leaves representing green, the mozzarella cheese representing white and the tomatoes representing red.
The Caprese salad is a perfect summer dish, and it is often served as an appetizer, but it can also be a side dish or even a main dish. It’s simplicity and freshness make it a staple of Italian cuisine and a favorite of many people around the world.
Caprese Salad with Prosciutto, Olives and Capers
1 punnet (or vine) of ripe red cherry tomatoes
4 medium sized bocconcini cheese, sliced
4 thin slices of prosciutto
10 black olives, pitted and sliced
1 tablespoon of baby capers
20 small fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
To make, halve tomatoes and layer in a medium sized dish with slices of bocconcini cheese. Tear pieces of prosciutto in to three and evenly distribute in the salad. Scatter olives and capers on top of the salad and drizzle with olive oil.
Top with fresh basil, a pinch of salt and a crack of black pepper. Enjoy!
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