Soul mates...I truly believe that there are those people in the world with whom we have such a bond, such an intense connection that the union is absolute perfection.
I also believe that certain food combinations create culinary soul mates.
Insalata Caprese is a sumptuous pairing of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil which boldly echoes the colors of the Italian flag. One of my favorite salads for the summer, the flavors meld together beautifully. The full-bodied, warm, red flesh of the tomato...the luscious, creamy texture of the fresh mozzarella....the aromatic basil just plucked from the garden. Drizzle with a gorgeous Extra Virgin Olive Oil, sprinkle with some coarse salt and freshly ground pepper and you find yourself transported to a terrace shaded by a pergola of lemon trees on the tiny island of Capri.
This simple dish evokes the very essence of Capri where it became popular over sixty years ago. The key is to use the freshest of ingredients, bursting with flavor and then allow for those flavors to create that bond, that intense connection that makes the perfect union of soul mates.