Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese

Mozzarella (or Burrata), Tomato & Basil Salad

Remember: hold off on the oils until the last minute before guests arrive or, better yet, wait until everyone’s arrived and do a little food performance art in the (hopefully) well-populated midst of your own party. Applying the olive oil at the last possible moment keeps this simplest, most romantic of salads pleasantly dressed for serving.


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh mozzarella, (buffalo mozzarella, if possible) sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • OR 1 1/2 pounds Burrata balls, cut in half
  • 6 large ripe tomatoes best-quality, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • 1/4 cup best quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


Alternate cheese, basil, and tomatoes in a circle on a platter, overlapping and also cover with shredded basil. Shred by first stacking several even-sized basil leaves on top of each other. Roll the basil leaves and slice into 1/8” shreds for distribution over tomatoes and cheese.

Right before eating, drizzle on extra virgin olive oil and snazz with coarse salt and pepper. Makes 10 servings.

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photo: Deborah Alexander

food styling: Sasha Emerson

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