Recipe: Insalata Caprese (Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad)

Italians would laugh reading this recipe. This is the simplest and yet the best looking salad ever! Insalata Caprese based on only Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil. Easy and so delicious. My favourite! This delicious recipe has been donated by the ASK Italian Cookbook out on 20th November 2012 whose sales will raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Serves 4-6 / Prep: 10 minutes / Cook: none

This quintessentially Italian salad is always a favourite, especially in summer when tomatoes are sweet and plentiful. Use more than one variety of ripe tomato, such as Santos, San Marzano or other plum tomatoes. Serve it as a starter or main course.

225g vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced into 3 pieces

60g rocket leaves

20g fresh basil leaves, torn into large pieces

4–6 tablespoons ASK Italian extra virgin olive oil

200g buffalo mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces

4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

freshly ground sea salt and black pepper

Mix the tomatoes, rocket and torn basil in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt to taste.
Arrange the salad on a platter. Top with the torn mozzarella, and drizzle with a little more oil and a grinding of black pepper. Garnish with the chopped basil and serve.

Food experts at ASK Italian restaurants have revealed some of their own favourite recipes in a new cookbook which will raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Edited by prize-winning food writer Carla Capalbo with special recipes from TV chef and Italian cooking expert Theo Randall, the ASK Italian Cookbook contains over 100 authentic recipes that will inspire the reader to cook Italian food with confidence.

From hand-made fettuccine to perfect risottos and indulgent desserts, the book contains some of the most popular dishes from the ASK Italian menu. It also features personal recipes from ASK Italian’s suppliers in Italy, from Theo Randall and Carla Capalbo, and from members of the ASK Italian team. Adrian Garforth MW (Master of Wine) has offered Italian wine matching tips to accompany the food.

The book also includes anecdotes about Italian food from celebrity friends of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity including Dame Helen Mirren, Claudia Winkleman, Ronni Ancona, Flavia Cacace and Gino D’Campo.

The ASK Italian Cookbook edited by Carla Capalbo with special recipes by Theo Randall, can be purchased from ASK Italian restaurants for £10. £4 from each sale will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and help fund the dining rooms, play areas and kitchen within the hospital’s new Surgery Centre, due to open in 2016. The book will be available from 20 November 2012.

The book can also be purchased from bookshops and other third party retailers with a minimum of £1 going towards the charity.

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