Insalata Caprese (salad in the style of Capri) is an Italian antipasto (meal starter) that is an ideal salad for summer weather. Fresh and delicious, a Caprese Salad evokes days at the beach, seaside barbecues, and long summer nights. Capri is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea in the Italian region of Campania and looks like this:


So, before booking your next vacation to Italy, try out this delicate (and much cheaper) slice of the summer good life.

3 Ripe tomatoes, 1/4-inch thick slices
1 pound fresh mozzarella, 1/4-inch thick slices
20 or so leaves of fresh basil
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Coarse salt and pepper

Layer alternating slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, adding a basil leaf between each, on a large, shallow platter. Drizzle the salad with extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.