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Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese


  • 8 ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, preferably sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

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This classic salad from the island of Capri, just off Italy's southern coast near Naples, relies on just four perfect ingredients: vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, bright green basil and fruity olive oil.

Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.


  1. On a platter, alternate slices of tomato and mozzarella.
  2. Garnish generously with basil leaves, tucking some underneath the tomatoes.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over all, and then sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Serve immediately.