CAPRESE SALAD WITH BASIL OIL AND HERBED SEA SALT

 

  • Cooking Time: 1 minute
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Heirloom or Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, ends discarded and sliced ½ inch thick
  • 2 balls fresh mozzarella, sliced ½ inch thick
  • 4 leaves fresh basil
  • Grape or Cherry Tomatoes (optional)
  • For the Basil Oil:
  • 2 cups basil
  • ice bath
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt
  • For the Basil Sea Salt:
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Good Quality Balsamic Vinegar

Directions

  • For the Basil Oil: Blanche basil in boiling water. Shock in ice bath and set aside.
  • Place basil into a blender with ½ cup olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt and puree until smooth. Pass through a fine chinois or strainer.
  • For the Basil Sea Salt: Crush dried basil with a mortar and pestle until it becomes a powder. Mix with 1 tsp sea salt. Set aside.
  • To Plate: Place alternating slices of tomato and mozzarella in the center of the plate, starting and ending with a tomato slice (you should have three slices of tomato and two slices of mozzarella). Repeat with the other three tomatoes. Top with a fresh basil leaf.
  • Drizzle basil oil over tomatoes and around plate. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar (careful not to use too much).

Notes

Categories: Appetizer 

Author Credit: Top Chef

Website Credit: http://sporkandfoon.typepad.com/spork_or_a_foon/2009/04/caprese-salad.html

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