Caprese salad thrives on simplicity and using the freshest ingredients possible: heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil–that’s it!
Caprese salad (a.k.a. Insalata Caprese or “salad from Capri”) is a classic, crowd-pleasing appetizer, side dish, or light lunch that’s as refreshing as it is easy to prepare. The recipe originated in the 1950s at the Trattoria da Vincenzo for lunchtime regulars—they’d simply order a ripe tomato picked off the vine, which would be served with fresh fior di latte (cow’s milk mozzarella, as buffalo weren’t found on Capri). On the island, the salad evolved to include a few leaves of wild arugula and a pinch of local dried wild oregano, but everywhere else in Italy, basil is tradition.
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