The Caprese Salad

Last time we clogged up our arteries talking about the Meatlovers Pizza on our menu. This time on the blog we are going to take a step back, and look to the other side of the menu – the salads. Specifically, we're talking the Caprese Salad, what it is, where it's from, how we serve it and answering a few common questions we see crop up.

The Caprese Salad

Like just about all good food, the Caprese salad is Italian, (insalata caprese). It's made up of fresh sliced mozzarella, tomato, basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil. In restaurants like Streets of New York we'll serve it on a plate. The name comes from the island of Capri where it's most likely from. Like the pizza Margherita it shares the colors of the Italian flag and has similar 'origin' stories related to Italian pride and appealing to vacation nobles and politicians.

Caprese Salad Variants

Variations on the Caprese salad might include using a pesto or Italian dressing instead of olive oil – or even adding a balsamic vinegar to it. Olives, arugula, or romaine lettuce may or may not appear. Oregano and/or black pepper may sometimes be added. In place of standard mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella might be used to really bring out a stronger flavor.

Is a Caprese Salad a Side?

Not traditionally! Caprese salads are served as an antipasto, or a starter before the big meal, not alongside it. You start the meal with a Caprese.

Is a Caprese Salad Healthy?

All things considered, YES a Caprese salad is a healthy option! Low in calories with a bunch of important nutrients coming from the vegetables and healthy fats from the cheese and olive oil.

Basil also is a strong anti-inflammatory with enzyme-inhibiting oils. Tomato and basil both have antioxidants helpful in naturally preventing cancer, specifically skin, liver, oral and lung cancer.

And hey it's delicious to boot!

What Do You Eat A Caprese Salad With?

Well, as we already mentioned the Caprese Salad is no side salad so you'll eat it with nothing else, unless you want to have a couple antipasto options at the start of your meal, all of which is fine. Salty meats and olives are a good option. Here at Streets of New York you'll eat a Caprese Salad before pasta, chicken wings, pizza, the good stuff.

What's The Difference Between Bruschetta And Caprese?

Wait, what? Someone's asking that? Huh. Alright well, there's a big difference! Bruschetta (brush up on it here) is small toasted slices of bread topped with basil, tomato, and olive oil. A Caprese salad is served up with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.

So while some of the ingredients might be similar, the way they are combined and presented (as well as the addition of other ingredients like mozzarella!) change the flavor profiles a bit.

So, whatdya say? Ready to try a healthy, delicious Caprese salad today? Remember it's just the starter so don't forget your main course! Maybe order it with a Margherita pizza to have a truly Italian meal. Or a load of chicken wings, because it's almost game day isn't it?  However you want it, Streets of New York has it!

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