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The Perfect Christmas Salad

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS SALAD

This is one of the simplest salads of all time to create. It’s from Purely Delicious and makes the perfect addition to a festive Christmas lunch.  The flavour of this magnificent salad depends solely on the quality of the ingredients you use. I especially enjoy making this over the summer months, as juicy, ripe tomatoes are bountiful and at their seasonal best.

The ingredients in a classic Caprese Salad are very minimal – tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil, a little lemon, salt and pepper. This is the way it should be eaten and the clean classic  flavours are glorious, with every mouthful being pure heaven. Buffalo mozzarella is traditionally used to make Caprese and it’s just glorious with fresh sun-ripened tomatoes ! I love to gently open up the mozzarella with my fingertips and arrange it loosely beside juicy tomatoes.

What’s great about it

Tomatoes are loved around the world for their versatility, vibrant colour and flavour. They are a wonderful source of vitamin B6, C, K, beta-carotene, potassium and manganese. The lycopene (a phytonutrient) in tomatoes have been linked to lower rates of heart disease. Buffalo mozzarella is rich in protein and minerals such as calcium and magnesium needed for muscle contraction and strong bones. Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil is a rich source of antioxidants and mono-unsaturated fatty acids – one of the main reasons why a traditional Mediterranean diet is wonderful for heart health.

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ingredients (Serves 4)

800 g (28 oz) sun-ripened tomatoes, juicy and at room temperature
2-4 balls buffalo mozzarella
Cold-pressed olive oil to drizzle around 2 – 4 tbsp
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Fresh torn basil leaves to garnish
Generous pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

method

  1. Slice the tomatoes or cut into generous wedges.
  2. Place onto serving platter.
  3. Break up the mozzarella highly with your fingertips and mingle in amount the tomatoes.
  4. Drizzle over olive oil and a little lemon juice.
  5. Finish with sea salt, black pepper and torn basil leaves.

 

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Serve with crusty sourdough.

 

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