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Mini Caprese Salads

Posted on November 2, 2008 by in salads

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Insalata Caprese requires so little effort, yet when you serve it, your guests usually get the impression that “this woman can cook”! The secret to a good Caprese Salad starts with the freshest ingredients and the best extra virgin olive oil that you can afford. So basically this is a summer salad, because of the ingredients.
Here in Cape Town we are now having wonderful summer weather and most of our meals are enjoyed alfresco. With the abundance of tomatoes and fresh basil available now, this was the perfect choice for a “light” lunch that I had to cater for last week. I got this idea from my good friend Sophia that I told you about earlier.

I did some research on all the recipes for “the perfect” Insalata Caprese and adding olives is technically wrong, so I will name these then “Nina’s Insalata Caprese”. I hope I am not offending anyone.

What you need is:

Mini Caprese Salads

Boccinini – or sliced mozzarella if you are making a big salad.
cocktail tomatoes or ripe tomatoes, sliced – for a big salad
fresh basil
good extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

No vinegar goes into a Insalata Caprese
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25 Responses to “Mini Caprese Salads”

  1. kat 2 November 2008 at 5:10 pm #

    They make such a cute presentation like that

  2. Bellini Valli 2 November 2008 at 5:10 pm #

    I always loved this idea Nina…perfection and so simple too:D

  3. Anonymous 2 November 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    I love the bottom I love the middle but I ante loving the top mom!
    love you mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Lori Lynn 2 November 2008 at 8:27 pm #

    There you go again Nina, taking a simple recipe and presenting it with such flair.
    And I love the little olive hats.

  5. That Girl 2 November 2008 at 9:39 pm #

    I love the addition of olives!

  6. ICook4Fun 2 November 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    They are so pretty. Just great for party 🙂

  7. Peter M 3 November 2008 at 12:48 am #

    Great appetizer idea and I like how you get family in on the fun here in the comments! lol

  8. Proud Italian Cook 3 November 2008 at 4:59 am #

    I’ll take “Nina’s Insalate Caprese”

  9. nicisme 3 November 2008 at 11:50 am #

    Lovely little nibbles, looks beautiful too!

  10. Trixi 3 November 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    This woman can cook! Love the idea…also can’t get the taste for olives yet, but I keep trying. I think I will add this to the boere tapas seen in the latest Sarie Kos as a December holiday lunch.

  11. Abigail 3 November 2008 at 3:30 pm #

    Looks art-fully delicious!!! Mmmmm…

  12. RecipeGirl 3 November 2008 at 4:07 pm #

    Such a cute appetizer. Beautiful, colorful pics!

  13. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer 3 November 2008 at 5:12 pm #

    Now that is one great appetizer.. Love that it is easy and the presentation is wonderful!!

  14. Fearless Kitchen 3 November 2008 at 5:42 pm #

    I love the presentation – so much easier for a cocktail party.

  15. Helene 3 November 2008 at 9:28 pm #

    I love this. So beautiful!

  16. Snooky doodle 3 November 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    nice and easy recipe 🙂 photoss are great

  17. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 4 November 2008 at 6:03 am #

    What a beautiful presentation Nina! I would like a stick of this, please!

  18. Rose&Thorn 4 November 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    This is true to the cause “my-easy-cooking”! Keeping it simple with great ingredients.

  19. Sophia 4 November 2008 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi Nina! So glad you liked these enough to add them to your repertoire! They look yummy! And, what a lovely pic! Well done!


  20. Abigail 4 November 2008 at 3:16 pm #

    Nina, I just gave you an award on my blog! Hop on over! 🙂

  21. Kevin 5 November 2008 at 5:05 am #

    Nice presentation!

  22. Darius T. Williams 5 November 2008 at 6:23 am #

    Can I just say that I’m in love with these! Looks good!


  23. Jeanne 7 November 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    Marvellous – and reminds me of the little tomato, basil and feta skewers I did last year on my blog! Such a classic combination of flavours but as you say the ingrdients have to be TOP quality.

  24. Nina Timm 9 November 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    kat – don’t they just!

    bellini vali – isn’t perfection always in the simple things?

    chloe – you will one day love!

    lori lynn – “blush,blush”!

    that girl – me too!

    icook4fun – ideal for vegetarians!

    peter m – yip, I pay them(jokes)!

    proud italian cook – coming from an Italian, I am flattered!

    nicisme – they are actually quite a mouthful – very filling!

    trixi – I am on my way to grab the magazine!

    abigail – thx so much!

    recipe girl – Thx, I appreciate!

    cathy – it does not come easier than this!

    fearless kitchen – you are so right!

    helene- thank you!

    snooky doodle – easy for you too!

    jenndz – anytime!

    rose – I decided to go back to my roots!

    sophia – all thanks to you!

    abigail – thanks so much, I will post about it next week!

    kevin – thx!

    darius – every one on the party was too!

    jeanne – that is the key – freshness!


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