This classic Italian salad is always a crowd pleaser and can be adapted to suit the occasion. Insalata Caprese literally translated means Salad of Capri, as this is where the idea originated. The classic salad is prepared by layering alternating slices of tomato and mozzarella, adding a basil leaf between each, on a large shallow platter. To round it off, it is drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.
When I have guests I like preparing an individual caprese for each person, but still present it on a platter. Simply slice a tomato without cutting it through and add the mozzarella and basil.
An al fresco platter that really works well and adds some substance to the meal is to add cooked artichoke and/or grilled zucchini.
Another variation to this classic is to drizzle with a balsamic reduction or one of my favourites, to drizzle some basil pesto over the salad.
Whatever your variation, serve your summer platter with some crusty baguette, focaccia or ciabatta to make an easy stress-free meal.