In the finest restaurants from Capri, Italy to Boston, you’ll find a salad on the menu that restaurant-goers order again and again: the Caprese Salad.
Meaning literally “Salad of Capri,” this starter course combines tastes and textures that easily transport you to Italy with every bite. Sweet slices of tomato are layered with fresh mozzarella, and then garnished with leaves of basil, and seasoned with olive oil and salt. And the colors of red, green and white were deliberately selected in this bright dish to resemble the Italian flag.
With a salad so simple, the key to making it great is choosing the best, freshest ingredients. That’s why we make Our Own Homemade Mozzarella in Roche Bros. kitchen, an ideal component of this classic dish.
Fresh mozzarella is made by heating milk with a couple of basic ingredients: citric acid, used to acidify and coagulate the milk, and rennet, which helps form stretchy curds of cheese.
Find this mild, soft cheese, sold in slices in our cheese department. To complete your Caprese, stop by the produce department for organic tomatoes off the vine and Happy Valley Organic Fresh Basil, and the grocery aisle for your choice of olive oil.
For other recipes, try our new bocconcini – egg-size mozzarella balls – and ciligene, which are the size of small cherries. They’re great to toss in salads or pasta, or to add to skewers for a quick appetizer. Your Italian evening is off to a great start!