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Old 09-07-2006, 02:40 AM   #11
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mayo is stabilized and flavored oil, isn't it?
mayo is an emulsion of lemon juice or vinegar with egg yolks and oil.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:24 AM   #12
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I make this salad too, but use balsamic vinaigrette instead of mayo. My tomatoes are sliced and so are my mozz. I arrange them in alternating order along with the basil. Looks great on the plate! Red, white, & green. Very Italian! Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle a little kosher salt on the whole thing. It's one of my favorites!
I arrange my Insalata Caprese just as you do, too!! Definitely beautiful, isn't it... and Italian!! No mayo, please though... just simple combination of tomato and mozzarella and fresh basil, with a small dash of salt and pepper is more than enough for me. IMO it is a pity to mess with the rich yet pure and delicate flavour with something like mayonnaise.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:51 AM   #13
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Nothing beats an Italian Caprese salad. Fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and the best homegrown tomatoes you can find. Drizzle with good quality EVOO and a splash of balsamic vinegar, grind some fresh pepper and salt over all and you have the makings of one of the best things you can put in your mouth. I live on this salad all summer.
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:16 AM   #14
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Old 11-19-2006, 03:00 PM   #15
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I use a balsamic reduction on my caprese. Just a drizzle MMMM yummy!!
I need to go to the store and get some fresh motz now!!! I am hungry hehe
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Old 11-23-2006, 05:02 PM   #16
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I'm a purist too!
No mayonnaise - just alternate rounds of tomato and mozzarella with basil leaves on the tomatoes. I usually sprinkle my tomatoes with sea salt half an hour before I put the salad together; then it's just olive oil and black pepper on top. No vinegar.
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Old 11-24-2006, 02:41 AM   #17
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Like Clive, I prefer no vinegar and I have been using avocado oil last couple of years. Exquisite stuff!
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the panini version sounds wonderful and here i am salavating .. thanks guys!! LoL
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