Caprese salad

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Caprese salad
Type Salad
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Campania
Main ingredients mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, salt, olive oil
Cookbook: Caprese salad  Media: Caprese salad

Caprese salad (Italian: Insalata Caprese [insaˈlaːta kaˈpreːze], meaning "Salad of Capri")[1] is a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil.[2][3] Like pizza Margherita, it features the colors of the Italian flag: green, white, and red. In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto (starter), not a contorno (side dish).


Variations of Caprese salad may include Italian dressing or pesto in place of olive oil, or balsamic vinegar in addition to it. Olives may appear, along with rucola or romaine lettuce to augment the basil. Black pepper is sometimes added.

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  1. ^ Edward Antrobus (31 October 2010). Recipes of If You Can Read, You Can Cook: Year 1. SEAM Publishing. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-301-75286-7. 
  2. ^ The Joy of Cooking (75th Anniversary Edition) p. 169
  3. ^ "Nigel Slater's classic insalata caprese recipe", The Observer, Sunday 18 July 2010.