The sun was shining today and I thought that I would re-live Summer 2015 where I travelled around beautiful parts of the Amalfi Coast and the “Insalata Caprese” (also known as Caprese salad) saddled with a cold glass of rose was a staple getting us through the steaming hot days between dips in the warm Med. You can check out some of my favourite places I visited here, here and here.
I came across some stunning green and red heirloom tomatoes on the weekend at the local farmers markets and wanted to incorporate them into a refreshing, bright and colourful caprese salad, using creamy and soft burrata (type of mozarella) and homemade fresh basil dressing.
It is a perfect salad by itself or have it as a side to a roast, BBQ or weekend feast.
Why it is good for you:
Tomatoes contain the carotenoid antioxidant called lycopene, this is a wondrous chemical which when absorbed into the body, they helps to prevent and also repair damaged cells by inactivating free radicals in the body. It has thus been credited for reducing wrinkles. A perfect antioxidant soup to help repair and nourish the body. Basil is a great alkalinising herb, rich with vitamin C to aid with immunity but also a great anti-inflammatory on the body. According to this book, it is also taken as a restorative, stimulant and nerve tonic and is used also as a carminative and disinfectant. Burrata is made from cow’s milk and is traditional cheese eaten in the South of Italy, I much prefer it to standard mozarella. It contains a good source of calcium and protein (but should also be had in moderation)
Enjoy this fabulously simple caprese.