The History of Caprese Salad {Insalata Caprese}

The first mention of the beloved Caprese Salad {Insalata Caprese} was in the early 1920s, Caprese Salad appeared on the Hotel Quisisana menu;  where  Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, founder of Futurism, in the summer of 1924 protested pasta calling it “outdated”.

Many years later, in the 1950s, it is noted that King Farouk, having requested a menu item that would be light on his stomach, as an afternoon appetizer, was served a bread encasing fresh mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes, and the fresh herb basil.

THE HISTORY OF CAPRESE SALAD {INSALATA CAPRESE}Caprese Salad {Insalata Caprese}is definitely one of the discoveries of the twentieth century; with vast tourism taking place, the Caprese no longer would be called a Capri recipe, it became an international dish. Meanwhile, the Caprese Salad would become very much so improved when the traditional vaccine mozzarella was replaced with bufala mozzarella, a dairy product typical of Campania, Italy.

One could easily fall in head over heels with the simple delicious dish called Caprese Salad, which has in itself the colors and flavors of some of the very ingredients that have been used in the history of fine Italian cooking: tomato, basil, and mozzarella. The Caprese is an uncooked Mediterranean dish where ingredients are everything, and the recipe has a simple yet intense flavor.


Things you will need on hand to make the recipe:

  • 5 Roma or Plum tomatoes, vine ripened
  • 1-pint Grape tomatoes, vine ripened
  • 8 yellow Campari tomatoes, vine ripened
  • 8 ounces, quality fresh moist mozzarella cheese
  • 10 leaves of young tender fresh sweet basil
  • 10 leaves of young tender fresh purple basil
  • A drizzle of Genuine extra-virgin olive oil
  • A drizzle of quality balsamic or lemon juice, optional
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste


See the Recipe here–>




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