Caprese Salad is a Mediterranean salad consisting of fresh buffalo Mozzarella cheese, Tomatoes, fresh Italian Basil and Olive Oil
Learn more about the Caprese salad and how to make it further below in the post:
Caprese Salad makes me happy. It transforms my mood the moment I allow the tomato mozzarella basil and olive oil to gently glide of the fork onto my excited tongue. I can feel the happiness in my cheeks with each bite and to soak up the remaining olive oil with some white crust bread is just the pinnacle of my blissful moment.
My husband was mesmerized by the flavors the moment he was introduced to it. He describes it as: “Very refreshing and the perfect lunch during summer time“. He also describes the tomato mozzarella and basil as a brilliant food marriage and the olive oil completes the dish. Sounds promising right?
But I had forgotten about the Caprese salad in recent times. With all the Indian food around me I tend to think more about Asian food.
Caprese Salad, Insalata Caprese in Italian, means salad from Capri, which is an Italian island. The green white and red of the ingredients represent the Italian flag in the Caprese Salad.
The salad doesn’t just look good, it even tastes phenomenal. It’s fresh and will give you the right comfort level in a hotter climate. In fact I think it’s the perfect salad to get through the Indian summer for example.
All those still battling ice cold and snow in the world, should make it anyway too. It will remind you of summer and get you into the mood for the following sunnier months to come!
In India you can get hold of fresh buffalo mozzarella and also the harder version. Of course to find this cheese you will have to check out bigger stores or some online shops.
In Goa around the coastline, fresh and harder Mozzarella can be commonly found and you should be getting a choice too as well if you buy during the tourist season. The idea of making Italian mozzarella in Goa commercially was initiated about 10 years ago by Italians in Goa.
In recent times I have noticed South Indian companies producing mozzarella as well and the numbers are always increasing. It’s not surprising that mozzarella cheese is so popular because it’s quite versatile.
The soft fresh white mozzarella is turned into a ball and then kept in brine. Usually the soft mozzarella can be stored for a few days in the fridge and packets have always an expiry date.
Just earlier today, while doing my groceries, an Italian explained that the mozzarella balls are still good 3 days after expiry date if it was stored in a very cool fridge. Although of course the fresher the better but sometimes it’s just not easy to get a hand on the freshest mozzarella in Goa. Especially now when the tourist season is at an end.
The harder Mozzarella version is more yellow in color and is commonly used to top pizza and on layered lasagna. This variation is way more common in India, however the harder mozzarella is not used in the Caprese salad instead of the soft mozzarella.
Basil, also known as Italian Basil, should be available in all major Indian cities and in Goa in bigger markets and along the coastline. I used to grow my own basil at home, which by the way grows well in tropical and subtropical climate. The seeds are planted around September each year. Basil doesn’t survive the monsoon which is the difference to the Indian Basil, better known as Tulsi. I think you should be able to grow basil in a flat if you have enough sunlight coming in. If anybody has had experience growing basil in a flat in India, feel free to share your experience with us in a comment.
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Simple Caprese Salad – Italian Tomato Mozzarella Basil Olive Oil Insalate – How to make Caprese Salad below:
- 3 medium sized Tomatoes
- 1 Mozzarella Cheese ball
- 1 Tablespoon sliced fresh Basil leafs
- Salt according to your taste
- Pepper according to your taste
- dash Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Slice your tomatoes fine.
- Cut open the mozzarella cheese bag, discard all the water, shake off some liquid from the cheese ball and cut first into half and then into slices.
- Arrange the mozzarella cheese slices and tomato slices in a plate, top with the sliced fresh basil leafs and sprinkle some salt and pepper.
- Finnish by adding a dash of olive oil on top.
More Salad & Dressing ideas:
- Greek Salad
- Kidney Bean Salad with Vinaigrette
- Surimi Salad with Curry Mayo Dressing
- Couscous Paneer Salad with Lemon Dressing
- Lemon Yogurt Dressing
- Wild Flower salad with Pumpkin Seed Oil Dressing
- Quail Eggs Salad
- Iceberg Salad with Thousand Island Dressing
More Appetizer and Amuse Bouche for the Gourmand in you:
Dear Reader, do you get good quality fresh Mozzarella balls in your corner of the world?
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