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Mozzarella, tomato and basil, the classic “Caprese salad” (named after the Italian island of Capri) is a popular first course.
For a change, substitute goat cheese. Its creaminess pairs beautifully with the sweet acidity of tomatoes.
For a beautiful dish:
Slice circles from a log of goat cheese.
Plate with sliced heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.
Drizzle with fine olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Provide sea salt and a peppermill.
Variations include serving the sliced goat cheese with a “salad” of red and yellow tomato wedges (or sliced cherry tomatoes) in a red wine vinaigrette.
Or, you can stack the cheese, basil and sliced tomatoes in a “napoleon.”
When tomatoes aren’t in season, substitute roasted red peppers.
Read more about goat cheese.
Take a look at our Cheese Glossary to find out more about your favorite cheeses.
If you’re a goat cheese fan, try this goat cheese ice cream recipe.
Check out the history of Caprese Salad.
Goat Cheese Caprese Salad. The goat cheese substitutes for mozzarella in this recipe from Mario Batali (photo courtesy Good Housekeeping).
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