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Recipe: Luscious Tomato Caprese Salad

By Chef SUSHANT PARAB
Last updated on: May 26, 2021 11:19 IST
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Bursting with the fresh flavours of tomatoes, piquant basil and pungent garlic, this Italian salad by Chef Sushant Parab features a tangy balsamic vinaigrette dressing that ties the dish together.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Hotel Sahara Star

Tomato Caprese Salad

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-size ripe tomatoes
  • 50 gm fresh bocconcini cheese or fresh buffalo mozzarella, burrata or Fiordilatte cherry, available in gourmet grocery stores or else, less suitably, fresh paneer
  • Few basil leaves, for the garnish

For the balsamic vinaigrette

  • 10 ml balsamic vinegar, available in gourmet grocery stores or online
  • A pinch of salt
  • A dash of pepper
  • 15 ml extra virgin olive oil

For the basil pesto

  • 20 gm basil leaves
  • 3 gm garlic
  • 15 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 gm pine nuts
  • 10 gm parmesan cheese

Method

  • Slice the tomatoes and bocconcini cheese. Keep aside.
  • In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the balsamic vinaigrette and mix well. Keep aside.
  • In a blender, blend together basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese to get a coarse mixture. Do not add water.
  • In a plate or salad bowl, arrange the sliced tomatoes and cheese (please see the pic above for reference).
    Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette and add a few spoons of basil pesto.
    Garnish with basil leaves and serve. 

Chef Sushant Parab is the Sous Chef at Hotel Sahara Star.

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