caprese, three ways11:28:00 AM
Yesterday, I came home craving something fresh but extremely flavorful, something healthy yet still a little decadent. It then hit me like a lightning bolt - caprese! Caprese is a classic Italian salad consisting of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt, and olive oil. Rumor has it, it was created to reflect the colors in the Italian flag, but I'd have to check with my Italian friends and get back to you on that one...
Now, a classic caprese is delicious enough on it's own, but you know I wouldn't leave you with just one option, right? I experimented a bit and came up with three versions of the salad that are so easy to make, and even more delicious to eat!
What I love about this salad is that it can be recreated in so many different ways, according to whatever your taste is. While brainstorming these ideas, I saw recipes for a roasted red pepper/ricotta version, a cherry tomato/mozzarella ball version (on toothpicks!), and even a dessert option using peaches, almonds, and mascarpone cheese.
Let me know if you try any of these recipes or come up with your own version! I'm always trying to find new, delicious ways to eat more veggies, so any recommendations are welcome.