A Capri Salad is one of my all-time favourite starters. It’s a flavorful & light way to start your meal. My Capri Salad recipe is ideal for holidays or dinner parties because it can be prepared in advance.
I love entertaining & hosting holidays, but I don’t love spending all of my time in the kitchen after our guests have arrived. I like to enjoy the holiday or party too! One trick I’ve found to help things run smoothly is to have the food prepped in advance.
This Capri Salad takes a little while to chop & prepare but once it’s stacked up, you can leave it for an hour on the counter before you grill it. Or, longer in the refrigerator. It’s easy to serve with a little side salad & fruit.
2 Tomatoes on the vine per person.
Mozzarella cheese either sliced or grated.
Fresh basil leaves.
Equal parts balsamic vinegar & extra virgin olive oil.
Salt & pepper.
As you can see, I don’t have exact quantities of the ingredients. You don’t have to be super exact with this recipe. I buy a packet of basil, a jar of olives & enough tomatoes to suit the number of guests coming to dinner.
1. Slice the tomatoes & olives, grate or slice the mozzarella cheese (if it’s not pre-grated) & chop the basil.
2. Mix equal parts of balsamic vinegar & extra virgin olive oil, add some black pepper. Pour the mix into a dispenser or little jug.
3. Stack your creations directly onto the grill pan. I line mine with aluminum foil for an easy clean up. Be careful because they can easily tip over.
4. Layer tomato, mozzarella cheese, olives & basil in a stack, finishing with a layer of cheese on top.
5. Place the stacks under a preheated grill for 3-5 minutes, or long enough to melt the cheese. I love a little brown color to the top of the cheese so I wait for that crispiness to form.
6. Carefully plate the stacks.
7. Drizzle the vinegar & oil mixture over the stacks & salad. I drizzle a small amount & leave the dispenser, salt & pepper on the table for guests to season them to their own tastes.
8. Serve immediately.
Have you ever tried a Capri Salad? What’s your favourite holiday starters?