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You say Tomato I say Tomato – Caprese vs Tricolore

This summer my other half  decided we should grow Tomato plants in our Yard.  Unfortunately, when I went out to see if I could find a couple for a salad, I discovered the Chipmunks had feasted on our entire crop!

Heirloom in the US and Heritage in the UK BUT the same thing!

Heirloom in the US and Heritage in the UK BUT the same thing!

Fortuitously, at this time of year in NY we are blessed with markets selling wonderful local Heirloom (Heritage in the UK) tomatoes, so I was quickly able to replace them and rustle up these simple but delicious salads, originating from the Isle of Capri, Italy which are perfect as a starter or for lunch on a warm Summer’s day

Ingredients

The secret to these salads are high quality ingredients.  Only the best will do them justice!

6 x Ingredients Only Needed

6 x Ingredients Only Needed

A Caprese salad requires:  One  Heirloom tomato sliced in thick medallions horizontally – one ball of Italian Buffalo Mozzarella, sliced the same way (the stuff from Italy is easy to come by in the US and its texture, soft sweet creamy center is unbelievable) – a handful of fresh Whole Basil Leaves and – a good Cold Pressed Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used a Tuscan variety sold by Whole Foods) – an aged Italian Balsamic Vinegar – Black Pepper.

The Tricolore salad (named after the Italian Flag its colors match), uses identical ingredients but add – a ripe Avocado

Method

This one couldn’t be easier,  lay the Tomatoes and Mozzarella  on a plate in one line, inserting a Basil leaf between each slice of Mozzarella and Tomato, drizzle the salad with the Oil and the Vinegar, garnish with torn Basil Leaves and fresh rough ground black pepper – serve with a crusty Tuscan bread covered in Pesto.

For the Tricolore use the same amount of ingredients,  but this time, insert the slices of Avocado after each slice of Mozzarella

Caprese Salad, inspired by that served on the Isle of Capri nr the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Caprese Salad, inspired by the salad served on the Isle of Capri near the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Italian perfection in less than 10 minutes!

Filed under: Salads, Vegetarian

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Almost as food obsessed as my Beagle Hound Millie, I am a keen amateur cook and consumer of fine chow with a weakness for the spices of Middle Eastern and North African cuisine and an obsession with Chu Toro, British Cheese and Single Malt Orkney Island Scotch (go figure), I slice at warp speed (scars on the fingers to prove it) and can rustle up everything from Mashed Potato to Maki in the flash of an eye!

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