Simple but special and complex-tasting, this recipe delivers a mouthful of pizza-like flavor in a salad. For a change of pace, there are no greens required for this salad, except some fresh basil leaves. (Running them through your salad spinner — it’s not just for lettuce! — will ensure they’re at their best.) Though this traditional Italian salad is named after the island of Capri, the recipe comes from mid-Ohio, where you’ll find the HideAway Country Inn in Bucyrus. As they say, “Stop to breathe deeply the fresh, clean, country air – but don’t forget that world-class amenities are still at your fingertips!”
- 2 pounds ripe local tomatoes (4 to 6 large), cored and sliced
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound fresh mozzarella (water-packed is best), sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 dozen basil leaves, washed and spun dry
- Set tomatoes in a single layer on a large platter or individual dinner plates.
- Drizzle with vinegar and sprinkle with salt. Lay one cheese slice on each tomato slice.
- Drizzle with olive oil and a bit more balsamic if desired, then top each stack with a basil leaf.