Although this is called a salad, it may be served as an appetizer or “antipasto” meaning “before pasta.”
You see, in Italy, salad is eaten after the main course.
It is always one of the last courses served, but Insalata Caprese can easily be served before a meal, as an antipasto, or afterwards as a light salad.
Caprese Salad has to be one of the simplest salads ever!
Not to mention the fact that it is incredibly beautiful, impressive, and is very Italian since it has all the colors of the Italian flag!
Serve this at your next get together or take it to your next barbeque or picnic for something different and healthy (sorry, potato salad!)
However, don’t add the salt more than 15 minutes in advance as it will start to make the tomatoes “soggy.”
You can also make a chunky salad in the same style…this manner is easier to transport, and tastes just as good. I almost always bring this to our picnic dinners at the Hollywood Bowl, or Shakespeare in the Park (if you’re lucky enough to live in LA) and I just hold off on the salt until we’re ready to eat it.
I like to make circles.
I made individual Caprese Salads, but you can make a large one on a serving plate.