Caprese Saladby Trish M in Rouxbe Recipes
A deliciously easy salad made with summer tomatoes, soft mozzarella cheese and fresh pesto.
- Serves: 6 to 8
- Active Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
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To make the pesto, put the basil, garlic, and lemon zest, along with the juice, in a food processor; pulse to combine.
Add oil and pulse to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Scrape down sides of bowl and pulse once more. Transfer pesto to a bowl and set aside.
Slice the mozzarella into 1/2" -inch (about 1 cm) thick rounds.(1)
Place the slices into the pesto and gently mix to coat the cheese.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, simmer balsamic vinegar until syrupy and reduced to 1/4 cup, about 15 to 20 minutes.(2)
Toast pine nuts in a fry pan over medium heat until lightly golden, about 2 to 4 minutes.
Slice tomatoes into 1/4-inch slices.(3)
Make 6 to 8 stacks by topping tomato slices with a slice of mozzarella; top with a bit of pesto and season with a pinch of Maldon sea salt and pepper.
Repeat, using about 3 slices of tomato and cheese for each stack.
Place a stack in the centre of each plate. Drizzle the plate with any leftover pesto and some balsamic reduction. Sprinkle pine nuts around each plate.
(1) Mozzarella - use fior di latte, bocconcini or buffalo mozzarella.
(2) Balsamic Reduction - can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator for weeks. Great drizzled over chicken, salads, roasted vegetables and antipasto.
(3) Tomatoes - look for green or yellow heirloom varieties in season.
This recipe is from "Dish", Trish Magwood's most recent cookbook.