A Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil. It is said to resemble the colours of the Italian flag. In Italy it is usually served as an antipasto and not as a side dish unlike most salads.
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Cherry mozzarella or bocconcini are like other mozzarella cheeses the size of eggs. They are semi-soft, white and rindless unripened mild cheeses which originated in Naples. They have an elastic texture and consistency. (The last is a description from Flanders Dairy products page). They were once only made from the milk of water buffaloes. Bocconcini literally means small mouthfuls. An alternative name used is Uava di bufala or buffalo eggs.
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1 punnet plum tomatoes
250 grams cherry mozzarella
A bunch of basil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper as per taste
A drizzle of honey
Wash and dry the tomatoes with a kitchen towel.
Halve the smaller ones and quarter the larger ones.
Drain the cheese (they are packed in whey or water).
Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a separate bowl.
Taste and make adjustments if necessary.
In a platter, layer the salad ingredients. Spread the bottom with the tomatoes.
Tear off the cheese into halves and scatter them as well.
Tear off the larger basil leaves and add them. The smaller leaves can be kept whole.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Chill for 15 minutes or so before you dig in.
The juices at the bottom taste wonderful. You can give the salad a gentle stir so that the top layer is doused in the juices as well.
With the remaining few bocconcini I added a crushed and chopped garlic, threw in more torn basil leaves, some extra virgin oil, salt, pepper and in they all went in a bottle and into the fridge. I'm sure by tomorrow these marinated cheese balls will become even tastier! Looking forward to another meal of cheese again!