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A different approach to Insalata Caprese

A different approach to Insalata Caprese

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Insalata Caprese, which means Salad made in Capri, the region of Campania, in Italy, is a simple salad using plum tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil and season

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I made a twist on this salad using halloumi and mint as well, both in the form of pesto and fresh mint. I wanted to share this salad with you now that there are still some juicy tomatoes. Although this is the most simple salad you can make, don’t think that the taste will be simple as well, as it is full of flavour.

I do not give any specific amounts but depending on the slices of your tomatoes, you will need a slice of mozarella/halloumi and a leaf of basil/mint.

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Insalata Caprese – Recipe adapted by Ivy

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Serves: 3 – 4 (1 tomato per person)

Ingredients:

  • 3 – 4 ripe medium size tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella balls
  • Halloumi slices
  • Mint pesto
  • Fresh Mint and Basil Leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Oregano
  • Olive oil

Directions

  1. Peel (optional) and slice the tomatoes.
  2. Season each piece of tomato with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Add ½ tsp pesto on each slice of tomato.
  4. Top each piece of tomato with mozzarella, alternating with halloumi, a mint leaf and a basil leaf.
  5. Sprinkle some dried oregano on top and a drizzle of olive oil

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A few awards to acknowledge from new and old friends and a fun meme to relax.  If any one of you feels like playing feel free to share it on your blog or on facebook.

A new friend Lissie, of Salt and Spice, has passed all these awards.  Thanks a lot Lissie!!

I am passing these awards to the following:

Gaye, of Laws of the Kitchen

Rosa, of Rosa’s Yummy Yums

Alison, of Alison’s Trails

Lisa, of  Chef in my kitchen

Jeena, of Jeena’s Kitchen

Adam, of Baking with Dynamite

Bunny, of Bunny’s Warm Oven

Heni, of Simplicity by the sea

My friend Gaye, of Laws of the Kitchen has passed on to me the Your Blog is Over The Top award. Thank you so much Gaye.

This award goes with a fun meme which has to be passed on to 6 of your favourite blogs and which has to be answered with only one word.

Here is the meme part:

1. Where is your cell phone: On the charger

2. Your hair: Chestnut

3. Your mother: Deceased

4. Your father: Ditto

5. Your favorite food: Desserts

6. Your dream last night: None

7. Your favorite drink: Coffee

8. Your dream/goal: Relocating

9. What room are you in: livingroom

10. Your hobby: Painting

11. Your fear: Heights

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years: Countryside

13. Where were you last night: Taverna

14. Something you aren’t: Hypocrite

15. Muffins: Banana

16. Wish list item: Garden

17. Where did you grow up: Limassol

18. Last thing you did: Voted

19. What are you wearing: Trainers

20. Your TV: Off

21. Your pets: Died

22. Your friends: Cyprus

23. Your life: Good

24. Your mood: Happy

25. Missing someone: Relatives

26. Vehicle: Yes

27. Something you’re not wearing: Hat

28. Your favorite store: Ikea

29. Your favorite color: Blue

30. When was the last time you laughed: T.V.

31. Last time you cried: Unsure

32. Your best friend: Aliki

33. One place that I go over and over: Nafplio

34. One person who emails me regularly: Aleka

35. Favorite place to eat: Home

I pass the award and meme to:

Angie, of Angies Recipes

Natasha, of 5 Star Foodie

Lissie, of Salt and Spice

Yasmeen, of Health Nut

Reeni, of Cinnamon & Spice

Soma, of eCurry

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

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sowmya

Monday 12th of October 2009

nice lovely colour..

Choosy Beggar Tina

Sunday 11th of October 2009

Ivy, this looks GORGEOUS! We made a similar caprese twist just last week with jibneh (similar to halloumi) and I could have eaten the whole tray myself! Yum, yum, YUM!

Kevin

Wednesday 7th of October 2009

Great take on a caprese salad!

Soma

Tuesday 6th of October 2009

Thanks Ivy:-D

I love IKEA too, esp. the market place where they have the cute little things.

I love the twist you did with a different cheese, the pesto & the herbs. I did one few days back, I did a cubed caprese, but i guess it is just varied in the way it looks.

lisaiscooking

Monday 5th of October 2009

I think I would enjoy just about any combination of cheese, tomato, and herbs! Sounds delicious!

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