Insalata Caprese Salad with a French Twist

5 Jun

This is my favourite salad!!! I love this salad, I fell in love with it two years ago on a family holiday to France, we stayed in Erdeven in a beautiful house big enough for all 10 of us! Anyway we went to some amazing restaurants and in one I had this as a starter, it was so fresh and amazingly tasty! Since then I have tried to incorporate aspects of France into this Italian salad, finally I have done it!

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Ingredients:
5-10 Tomatoes
750g Mozzarella
Handful of Basil
8tbsp Olive oil
4tbsp White wine vinegar
1 Clove of garlic
Salt and pepper

Estimated time: 10

Directions:

This is such an easy salad, just what you want to go with an evening meal or a nice BBQ on the weekend! We’ll start off with the hard bit, the French style dressing!

Start off by measuring your olive oil and white wine vinegar into a bowl. You can make as much as you want, or as little as long as you remember the ratio of the olive oil to vinegar. If you work in table spoons it is easier, just remember twice as much oil to vinegar!

Now peel your clove of garlic. Carefully slice and chop your garlic, you want quite small chunks as no one really wants a mouthful of garlic, especially as its raw!! Once chopped add this to the oil and vinegar.

To this now add a pinch of salt and pepper, stir it together with a fork until combined. Make sure you taste the dressing so you can decide whether more salt or pepper is needed! Once you have the flavour that you want leave the dressing to one side while you get everything else ready!

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Tomatoes, I’ve given a rough idea because it simply depends how many people its for. The idea is to have rows of tomato and mozzarella creating a nice pattern 🙂 so slice your tomatoes and leave to one side.

Now slice the mozzarella into similar thickness as the tomatoes. If the mozzarella is too big you can cut them in half.

Once all of these are sliced you can start placing them in your serving dish. Place these in turn until the dish is filled and you have used all of you tomato and mozzarella.

Now mix your dressing again and pour over the tomatoes, try to get an even covering so that everyone will get some! Now sprinkle with some roughly chopped basil!

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Ta-daa!!!! There you have a wonderful summery tomato and mozzarella salad that everyone will love. This is such a fresh salad it will go with anything! Simple salads are often the best and this one certainly is. Enjoy everyone and lest hope this weather lasts!! 🙂

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