|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") is a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella (ideally Buffalo mozzarella), tomatoes and green basil, seasoned with salt, and olive oil. It was made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green. In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto (starter), not a contorno (side dish) unlike most salads.
While caprese is traditionally seasoned with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, there are variations seasoned with pesto and other sauces like italian dressing. Some variations substitute basil with rucola. In further variations other non-traditional ingredients like chopped garlic, parsley, olives or romaine lettuce are also added.
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