Jul 16, 2009

The Real Summer-licious: Caprese Salad

Tomatoes, Basil, and a round ball of Buffalo Mozzarella

Insalata Caprese!

This is it: Summer Perfection on a plate. Fragrant basil. Sweet, ripe tomatoes. Creamy buffalo mozzarella. The purity of ingredients creates a fusion of flavour, the textures are remarkably complimentary-- a light yet satisfying meal in hot weather.

The Buffalo mozzarella, I need a string of adjectives to describe: it's delicious, fresh, juicy and springy, creamy and... good.

Though this is not strictly necessary, a little olive oil, balsamic, pepper and a pinch of salt flakes can be used as an accent. Less is more here.

I picked up some of CheeseB's House Balsamic vinegar, which the label explains is from Modena and "aged in resinous woods" and imparting "multi-layered flavours". It's good stuff-- and the bottle is pretty. Just a few drops on top does the trick.

CheeseB's Balsamic vinegar

Caprese Salad

This is something I could eat every day-- perhaps I should invest in my own Water Buffalo.

List of Ingredients:
Campania Felix Mozzarella di Bufala (ask for it at the Cheese counter of course-- there's creamy burrata too!)
Tomatoes: the ripe and real kind
CheeseB's "House" Balsamic Vinegar
A good Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

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