Insalata Caprese - the classic mozzarella & tomato salad
These ingredients should serve 4 as a starter.
175 g (6oz) mozzarella cheese
300 g (10oz) firm, ripe tomatoes
salt and black pepper
a bunch of basil
at least 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Slice the cheese and tomatoes and arrange in overlapping, alternate, slices on a serving plate. Season with a little salt and lots of freshly ground, black pepper. Tear the basil leaves into pieces and sprinkle over the salad.
Finally, sprinkle the olive oil all over the salad.
If the ingredients are served straight from the fridge, the salad will not have much taste. Serve at room temperature – or, preferably, outside in the sun!