icon Insalata Caprese
(Salad In the Style Of Capri)

Because this salad is so simple, using the best ingredients is imperative. Hothouse tomatoes and rubbery processed mozzarella are unacceptable. The dressing is always a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil only. Vinegar would destroy the delicate flavor of the cheese and should not be used.


  • 2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes (about 4 large), sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil or arugula leaves, washed well and spun dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled, if using arugula instead of basil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. On a large platter arrange tomato and mozzarella slices and basil leaves, alternating and overlapping them.
  2. Sprinkle salad with oregano and arugula and drizzle with oil. Season salad with salt and pepper.

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Last updated: October 31, 2009