The last time we were in Italy was in June 2008. The markets and restaurants were full of dishes featuring strawberries and fresh tomatoes.One dish that we found ourselves turning to again and again was the Insalata Caprese - an item we found on nearly every menu.
The salad is simple - composed of 3 ingredients only:
Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella
The only thing you need more is a crusty piece of bread to mop up the olive oil that remains on the plate.
As you might guess, the freshness & quality of the ingredients make or break the dish.
This year, I’ve got lots of healthy basil in the garden - and as the tomatoes are coming in at the market, we’re enjoying it again - and again - and again.
While I’ve not yet found a local source for buffalo mozzarella (hey, this is Berkeley, it won’t be long), the freshest cow’s milk mozzarella does the trick. Add slices of fresh tomatoes, a chiffonade of basil, a grind or two of black peppercorns and a hearty drizzle of a robust olive oil and you’ve got yourself an easy lunch or supper.