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Heirloom Tomato Insalata Caprese

Insalata caprese is a simple and tasty salad that makes a wonderful appetizer and is also quite visually pleasing. Traditionally this salad (from Campania, Italy) is made with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and olive oil and served as an antipasto / starter. For those with various dietary restrictions such as SCD or lactose-free, I have made a few changes to this classic. First instead of mozzarella, use a hard goats cheese, this is an SCD legal cheese (low-lactose) and has a wonderful and unique taste. Alternatively, you can use any hard brick cheese you find tasty. Additionally, i have included the use balsamic vinegar in this recipe as personally I have never reacted poorly too it, however, as many do (SCD illegal) i would recommend avoiding its use unless you know how your body responds to it.

The next consideration to make in this salad is your choice of basil. I personally love to grow three different kinds in my balcony garden every year for their unique flavours. Italian large leaf, the bright green basil is the most common and used in all forms of pesto. Its fragment, hardy and makes for a wonderful caprese. To make things interesting I like to also alternate stuffing the tomato with Red and Thai basils. Red basil is nice and sweet and makes a wonderful garnish to any dish, Thai basil on the other hand is unique in that it has a liquorice taste.

The last thing for you to do is stuff your tomato! Use any tomato you wish, however, i prefer to use heirloom tomatoes for their unique shapes, colours and tastes. For those unfamiliar with heirloom tomatoes they are a non-hybrid form of the common tomato. In science terms, both sides of the DNA in the heirloom are identical while in your store-bought form they are hybridized (two different tomato parents). If you are curious about the flavours check out this wonderful article in the New York Times on Heirlooms! Click Here!

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