Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Roman Layered Caprese Salad

If there could be a simply perfect Caprese Salad, this would be it. Fresh and delicate mozzarella sits inside slices of red, ripe tomato that tastes as if kissed by the Tuscan sun. Basil leaves pinched from a garden plant tucked randomly between the layers help catch the drizzling olive oil. Finally, sea salt and freshly ground pepper are waiting to coat each bite. The only thing missing is a crusty piece of focaccia to soak up every last bit of this concerto. Make sure to have some on hand. Wabi-sabi, I can hear a friend of mine saying looking at the natural simplicity.

On my last trip to Rome, a version of this salad was brought to our restaurant table and I knew I needed to make it. I had already gotten the fresh mozzarella at the market in Rome, but regrettably those wonderful Italian tomatoes would be snatched when I returned home by US Agriculture as soon as the beagle took one whiff. I found some tomatoes locally that had been vine ripened, and were actually on sale. My own basil plant supplied the leaves, and the assembly took only minutes. Use any size tomato you like for a serving, just adjust the cheese slices to fit. For the olive oil I used Basil Olive Oil, although unflavored extra virgin olive oil is fine. Finish with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and.....Buon appetito!

Layered Caprese Salad

3 medium tomatoes, nice and ripe
4 1/2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, packed in water
about 18 basil leaves
basil olive oil or extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices, keeping each sliced tomato together to reassemble. Do not use the rounded bottom slices. A flat bottom keeps it stable as you assemble the layers.

Slice the mozzarella into 1/4 inch slices to fit the size of the tomato.

Tuck the basil leaves randomly between the layers.

Place the layered tomatoes on a serving plate. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and serve. 

Makes 3 layered tomatoes.

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La Table De Nana said...

We like that oil:) I like all their flavors..The salad looks like summer..Bought some tomato plants..hope one gives me a tomato to make this:)

Deana Sidney said...

I love the tomato top instead of just slices. It's amazing when all the ingredients are perfect how little it takes to make magic.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Oh man, what a stunning presentation. Brava!

Anonymous said...

This looks phenomenal! Can't wait to try it! : )

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Dinushika said...

I love this, and the care you have taken in making sure the cheese is the exact size of the tomato. Unfortunately where I live, good cheese is hard to come by, and when found, is pretty expensive, but I plan to make this one day. I love how the colours of the Italian flag have been infused into a delightful summer salad.

Justin@FigFondue said...

i absolutely love this salad, and this is quite an interesting way to serve it... but do you think that it would be a little difficult to eat, though? tomato skin, at least in my opinion, isn't the easiest to cut with a table knife? maybe roasting the tomato would help, but it wouldn't look quite as beautiful as it does in your version :)

Kathy Walker said...

Love the presentation and the salad. Easy summer salad!!

Molly said...

Oh gosh, it looks amazing! :-) And you took very nice pics!