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Insalata Caprese

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 Jersey tomatoes ripe, in season (or slightly less than ripe, if you're being strictly Italian)
  • 2 balls fresh mozzarella cheese cut into thick slices
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil either torn or whole, depending on the size of the leaves
  • olive oil best quality extra virgin
  • sea salt best quality
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • aged balsamic vinegar best quality


  • Arrange layers of tomato, mozzarella and basil either on a large platter or on individual plates.
  • Drizzle on a bit of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Sprinkle on a pinch or two of sea salt and a couple of grindings of fresh black pepper.
  • If you're not being strictly Italian, drizzle on just a few drops of aged balsamic.