Make A Quick And Easy Caprese Salad

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Simple Is Beautiful and Delicious!

Plate of mozzarella and tomato slices sprinkled with fresh basil

As the name implies, the fresh, delicious and easy to make Caprese Salad originates from Capri – Mediterranean’s most fascinating island, just a short boat ride from Naples. It might seem a humble dish, but it is one of Italy’s favourites. And we love it too!

The Italians take pride in considering it a homage to their flag: green, white and red served on a plate.

Caprese is ready in minutes and brings the unforgettable taste of a holiday in the sun.

Just think of that insane blue sea, the elegant hotels, the cypress trees. Feel the fragrance of the island. Hear the cicadas chirping all day. Yep, it’s time for a Caprese!

If you decide to go all Italian, find that lemon tablecloth you bought years ago and spread it on the table.

Before you start preparing your salad, grab that bottle of Italian white or rosé from the wine rack and chill it for a few minutes. A prosecco will do as well, especially if you choose to add olives.

Here’s your dinner sorted!

Tomatoe and Basil, basic ingredients in the Italian Cuisine

Ingredients for Caprese Salad:

Buffalo Mozzarella: 500 g

Tomatoes: 4-5

Fresh basil: 4-6 sprigs

Extra virgin olive oil: 4 tablespoons

Balsamic vinegar: 1 tablespoon

Sea salt: a pinch

Caprese Salad


Wash the tomatoes. Cut them in 5-7 mm slices. Spread the slices on the chopping board. Dry them with a paper towel to absorb the excess water. Sprinkle salt on all the slices.

Cut the buffalo mozzarella in 5-7 mm slices. Dry them with a paper towel.

Wash and dry the basil. Chop half of it and keep the leaves of the other half whole.

On a plate, mix the way you want the slices of tomato and mozzarella. Be creative; you will enjoy the end product more!

Sprinkle the chopped basil evenly. Additionally, you can use chopped oregano and pepper. I do, sometimes, if I feel like changing the taste a little.

Caprese is perfect in its simplicity. I shouldn’t overdo it. Once in a while, though, I feel cheeky and add a handful of olives. If you choose to be naughty too, I recommend using Nocellara olives, a crunchy, crispy and mouth-watering Sicilian variety.

 Sicilian Nocellara Olives

Divine in taste and having health benefits, the buttery green olives help absorb vitamins A, D and K, essential for healthy skin, good eyesight and strong bones.

Later, after you’ve had your dinner if you’re still feeling naughty and have any olives left, why not pour a Martini and extend the benefits of well-being!

glass of Martini, perfect for an Italian Caprese Salad

Back to our Caprese Salad, sprinkle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a winding movement over the entire ensemble.

Presto! Your dinner is ready. Buon appetito!

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The World Is An Oyster

Working as a journalist during university was pretty exciting. But landing a cruise ship job barely a year in my new graduate career was something else! Overnight, I moved from an already exhilarating job to an even better one. One that would allow me to wake up every morning in a different country. What more can a twenty-something wish for? The fact that I was fluent in a few languages helped. It made it easier to obtain the position I was seeking at the Shore Excursions department. Apart from dispatching tours in the morning and selling tickets in the evening, I would spend nearly every day on different trips. I did this a few years, spending half a year onboard and about two months at home. I enjoyed it immensely. I met fascinating people from all over the Globe and collected memories to last me a lifetime. Not to mention that I received a salary for seeing all those magnificent places the Earth has to offer! In an ideal world, everybody should live as they want. For me, that would translate into travel, then travel some more and keep travelling!

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6 Responses

  1. This was my favourite way to use our abundance of tomatoes from our garden last summer. So tasty!!!

  2. Jess says:

    This looks amazing! I love mozzarella so much! Will definitely be trying!

  3. Kris says:

    Never heard of this type of salad before. But being someone who likes to explore new things. I will be trying these tasty looking salad

  4. Sandra Ans says:

    I can really confirm that Caprese salad is one of the best salads I have ever tried! I am making it pretty often and enjoying it together with white wine! What a simple but delicious recipe!
    P.S. I didn’t know how officially is called this salad, so thank you for this information! 😉

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