Caprese salad

Caprese salad on a white plate
Market ingredient:
 Buffalo mozzarella
Difficulty: No cooking required
Deliciousness: An oldie but a goodie
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So this is a pretty simple one, but more often than not, these are the best ones. There’s nothing more Italian than a caprese salad. Tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella. An Italian flag of deliciousness. Seeing as I’m on a bit of a buffalo bonanza at the moment, it seemed an appropriate way to utilise the buffalo mozzarella I picked up from AusBuff Stuff at Eveleigh last week. The simple, clean and crisp flavours of fresh tomatos and home-grown basil perfectly compliment the subtle creaminess of the mozzarella.

This salad needs no further introduction.

AusBuffStuff Stan at Eveleigh Markets

Ingredients for a Caprese Salad

(serves 2)

  • Buffalo mozzarella
  • 2 fresh tomatos
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Drizzle of good olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Buffalo mozzarella in brine next to tomatos on the vineball of buffalo mozzarella with basil leaves in the background

Instructions

  1. Slice the mozzarella gently into thin slices.
  2. Slice both tomatos into thin slices.Sliced tomatosIndividual basil leaves drying on paper towel
  3. Arrange the mozzarella and tomato in alternate layers along a plate. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with good quality olive oil and season to taste.
  4. That is all.

Arranging the salad in this way is quite a structured way to present the salad. It could also be a little more free form if you tore the mozzarella into pieces and tossed it with the tomatos and basil. You could also mix it up and use a variety of heirloom tomatos for interesting colour on the plate.

Caprese salad on a white plate

This is about as simple as it gets with salads. But so so tasty. And I would highly recommend that anyone gets down to the markets to taste AusBuff Stuff’s mozzarella. It’s devine!

Caprese salad on a white plate

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