Caprese Salad Dressing with Balsamic Vinegar
A caprese salad is a tasty, three-ingredient Italian salad and the following caprese salad dressing recipe is perfect if you are serving such a dish. Known as “insalate caprese” in Italy, caprese salad originates from Campania in Italy, where it is made with tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella. Some caprese salad variations include parsley and chopped garlic.
The tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella slices are usually overlapped and arranged in a circle on a small plate, but you can stack the ingredients or chop and toss them. Use buffalo mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes, and very fresh basil for the best results.
The dish is usually seasoned with olive oil, salt and black pepper, although you might prefer to serve a caprese salad dressing with it. This salad is served as an appetizer in Italy, not as a side dish. It is believed that caprese salad originated in Capri. It achieved popularity in Capri anyway, after being served in the 1950s to King Farouk of Egypt. He is reported to have eaten his caprese salad as a sandwich filling.
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Combine the parmesan, oil, salt, black pepper, red pepper, and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl.
- Drizzle this caprese salad dressing over individual servings of caprese salad or serve it in a little bowl with a ladle.
Italians love salad, either as a first course (between the antipasti and entrée) or as a side dish. If you are looking for a delicious dressing to serve over your Insalata Caprese (tomatoes, mozzarella and basil), consider this one. Not only does it include extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, but also parmesan, salt, and 2 kinds of pepper to round out the flavor. This is a very simple dressing to prepare because all you have to do is combine the ingredients, and you can make it in just a few minutes. It is important to use good quality extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar because these flavors will be very apparent in the finished dressing.
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