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Neapolitan Stack Salad

Insalata Caprese

SERVES 4

When the term caprese is applied to food, it means in the style of the sunny island of Capri, an idyllic island south of the Bay of Naples. Insalata Caprese is probably one of the most recognizable salads in the Italian repertoire. Fresh and creamy buffalo mozzarella cheese, made in areas around Naples, slightly greenish tomatoes, and the freshest basil are the components. It looks impressive when everything is stacked together and simply dressed with the best extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar.

Ingredients

4 large plum tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices

2 8-ounce balls buffalo mozzarella or Fior di Latte cheese, each cut into 8 slices

16 whole basil leaves, stemmed

6 tablespoons Filippo Berio Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

4 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

Directions

One a platter make 4 stacks using 4 slices of tomatoes, 4 slices of mozzarella, and 4 basil leaves for each stack. Begin with a tomato slice, top it with a mozzarella slice, then a basil leaf, and repeat the process to make 3 more layers in each stack.

In a small bowl whisk the oil with the vinegar and salt and drizzle it over the stacks.

Serve immediately.

This recipe is from CIAO ITALIA PRONTO by Mary Ann Esposito, published by St. Martin's Press in 2005.

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