How to make a salad "Caprese" in the spirit of the Italian tradition
In fact, you can not call the salad "Caprese" salad, snack or meal. In this case we are talking about the harmony of taste, the explosion of colors and the indescribable symphony of aroma.
Despite the simplicity of preparation, this salad is complex in execution, and without investing in the work of the soul, love and positive feelings can not do. So let's take a closer look at its ingredients.
To make a Caprese salad for two, you will need:
- ripe tomatoes - 2 pcs .;
- mozzarella - 250 gr .;
- olive oil;
- a bunch of basil;
- ground black pepper;
- salt to taste
Secrets to choose ingredients
The first right step on the way to cooking Caprese is to use the right ingredients.
Since the Caprese salad requires ripe, fleshy, juicy tomatoes that have a truly real aroma and flavor, it can be cooked properly only in summer.The use of greenhouse similarities, sold on the shelves of supermarkets, will spoil the dish even at the stage of its preparation.
In this case, is the undisputed favorite. Created from buffalo milk, it has a delicate, slightly salty, with a hint of creamy taste. By its structure is slightly loose. It is absolutely not difficult to purchase mozzarella in the expanses of our homeland. If you could not find itmozzarella di bufala, then you can stop the choice on cheese made from cow's milk, but it should be as fresh as possible.
The technology of preparation of this dish simply requires from the performer green, staying at the peak of freshness, basil, which has fleshy large leaves.
It should only be cold pressed and extremely fresh. After all, at the end of time there is a loss of flavor. Therefore, an open bottle can stand in the refrigerator for no longer than a month. It is worth paying attention to its taste. It should be such that it would uncontrollably want to dunk a piece of bread and eat it with a big spoon.
Salt and pepper
When it comes to how to properly prepare the salad "Caprese", then even this ingredient is of paramount importance. Therefore, ideally, large sea salt is required, but without grinding. In any case, under any circumstances, pepper is used exclusively for fresh grinding, but not for road dust, but with preservation of its primary texture. Coarse grinding is not excluded.
If you dealt with the products, then you can proceed directly to the preparation of the dish.
Tomatoes are sliced, no more than 1 cm thick. Extreme slices are not used. It is better to limit the middle part of the tomatoes. Properly sliced laid out on plates and pour olive oil. Then they must be seasoned with salt and then pepper.
Mozzarella ball is cut into six slices. The thickness of each of them should also not exceed 1 cm. Less is permissible. The resulting pieces are laid out on tomatoes over basil.In this case, professional chefs salt and pepper not only the cheese itself, but the entire plate completely. The final step will be artistically scattered basil leaves.
Only after that the Caprese salad can be served. Professionals recommend to enjoy its taste only with fresh bread. When the dish is completely consumed, olive oil remains on the plates, no less tasty with a slice of bread.
Variations on "Caprese"
Seafood Caprese Salad
To prepare a specified dish for this recipe, the performer will need:
- 150 gr. cherry tomatoes;
- 1 package / portion of Mozzarella cheese (Buffalo);
- 15 gr. red onions;
- 20 gr. radish;
- 15 gr. capers (on branches);
- 2 gr. basil;
- 20 gr. olive oil;
- 5 gr. balsamic vinegar;
- 30 gr. pesto;
- 3 pcs. shrimp (without heads, 16/20);
- 50 gr. peeled mini squid;
- salt and pepper
Prepare the necessary ingredients. Cut the cherry tomatoes in two halves and chop the red onion into large pieces. Also cut into two halves and capers. Radish should be cut into circles.
In a convenient container, we combine all the ingredients listed above, heat the pan, and on it the oil, in which we put the shrimps and garlic. Then lightly fry everything. As a result, add sliced squid. Then add a little greenery and then remove from heat.
To the previously chopped vegetables, add salt and pepper to taste, as well as chopped basil. All mixed ingredients diluted with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Now it's time to chop the mozzarella large. Mix vegetables and spread in the center of the plate, and on the edges - mozzarella. On top of the dish "decorate" fried seafood.
Before serving “Caprese” salad, in the presented improvisation, you need to pour pesto sauce.
Caprese salad with honey
The piquancy of this "Caprese" is that it takes part honey. Let's look at this cooking option for this dish. Among the necessary ingredients are:
- 8-10 pcs. cherry tomatoes;
- 200 gr. mozzarella cheese;
- 1 bunch of green basil;
- 70 ml of olive oil;
- 1 tbsp. l balsamic vinegar;
- 1 tbsp. l honey;
- pepper and salt to taste
When all the necessary will be collected, you can start cooking. We wash tomatoes and cut each in half. We divide mozzarella cheese balls into two or three parts.
Next, wash and dry basil, leave a few leaves as decoration, and those that remain are cut into thin straws. In a convenient container, mix the tomatoes, chopped basil and cheese.
Using the whisk, beat the vinegar with honey and butter. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Dress, salad and decorate with leaves of basil.
How to properly serve salad "Caprese"
Before you serve the salad "Caprese" should not be limited to just a large plate. In this question, there is unlimited space for fantasy.
Guests can enjoy the Caprese salad on slices of crispy baguette, on which it is cozy to place all the used ingredients, always flavored with fresh olive sauce.
Another option may be skewers. An excellent solution is a certain “pillow” created from baked zucchini or peppers, on which the freshest cheese and tomatoes rest, creating a satisfying combination of cold and warm.
An elegant solution in the style of antipasti. When in a beautiful dish that hasan unusual form, laid out white cheese, bright tomatoes, decorated with looking basil leaves. From such contemplation is born the presence of solemnity and the spirit of the holiday. Implementation of the project requires the presence of cherry tomatoes and baby mozzarella among the ingredients.
Having decided to make a Caprese salad, do not be afraid to dream. This dish is good because it does not bind the culinary specialist to the classics of the genre. After all, experiments can be much tastier than the original. Combine, try and enjoy!