Sunday, August 15, 2010

Recipe for Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit

Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and KiwifruitCaprese Salad (or Insalata Caprese) is one of those classic Italian summer dishes that I never get tired of eating when I have vine-ripened tomatoes from the garden and fresh mozzarella cheese in the fridge. I'm perfectly happy with a Caprese Salad with just the classic combination of red tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and some good olive oil, but it's also fun to experiment with other ideas. I loved this Caprese Salad variation that paired red and green tomatoes with some perfectly ripe Kiwifruit, a light drizzle of white balsamic vinaigrette, and lots of fresh basil chiffonade. I ate about half of this for lunch on the day I took these photos, and then about an hour later I ate the rest for a snack, but this would also make a beautiful first course for a dinner party.

Of course, you don't really need a recipe to come up with variations of Caprese Salad, but I think it's fun to get ideas from what other good cooks have done, so look after the recipe for more creative Caprese Salad ideas you might like to try next time you have some vine-ripened tomatoes.

You can use any color or variety of tomatoes, but to make a plate of Caprese Salad stacks like I did, you'll need 8 tomato slices, close to the same size. I used red Celebrity tomatoes and Green Zebra Tomatoes from my garden.

You also need 8 Kiwifruit slices, about 1/2 inch thick. (This was 2 kiwifruit.)

I guess I forgot to photograph the slices of fresh mozzarella! Make stacks with a slice of tomato, a slice of fresh mozzarella, and a slice of kiwifruit, and arrange on a serving dish.

Whisk together olive oil and white balsamic vinegar (or use any light-colored vinegar that has a good flavor. I think Sherry vinegar would be a good substitute.)

Slice up a generous amount of fresh basil leaves to make basil chiffonade.

Drizzle the vinaigrette over the stacks of tomato, mozzarella, and kiwifruit, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste, and sprinkle the basil over. Buon appetito!

Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit
(Makes 4 first course servings or 2 salad servings, recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from many Caprese salads she's enjoyed through the years!)

8 slices of fresh vine-ripened tomato (I used a mixture of red and green tomatoes, but any good-flavored tomatoes will work)
2 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into 8 slices
1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella, cut into 8 slices about 3/8 inch thick
generous handful of fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced into basil chiffonade
2 T good-quality extra virgin olive oil
1 T good-quality white balsamic vinegar or sherry vinegar (or use any light colored vinegar with a good flavor)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I used sea salt)

Peel the kiwifruit, then slice the tomatoes, kiwifruit, and fresh mozzarella so you have 8 slices (or an equal number of each, depending on how many servings you want.) Arrange on serving platter in stacks with a slice of tomato, a slice of fresh mozzarella, and a slice of kiwifruit.

Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar. Stack basil leaves up on top of each other, then thinly slice the basil to make basil chiffonade.

Drizzle vinaigrette over the stacks of tomato, mozzarella, and kiwifruit, then season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Sprinkle with thinly sliced fresh basil chiffonade and serve immediately.

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More Creative Ideas with Caprese Salad in Mind:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Rand's Caprese Salad with Apricots from Kalyn's Kitchen
Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from Kalyn's Kitchen
Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from Steamy Kitchen
Caprese Salad with Olives from Eating Out Loud
Tossed Caprese Salad with Cannellini Beans from A Veggie Venture
Caprese Salad with Romaine and Arugula from Week of Menus
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad with Sumac from Jane Spice Recipes
Grape Tomato Caprese Salad from La Cuisine d'Helene
Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad from Big2Beautiful
Chopped Caprese Salad from Alice Q. Foodie
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

South Beach Suggestions:
My Caprese Salad with Kiwifruit would be suitable for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. Kiwifruit has a glycemic index of only 52, so it's quite low-glycemic compared to a lot of fruits.

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  1. Love the use of kiwi in this salad!

  2. Thanks Maria, me too! (I'm trying to do better about eating my fruit.)

  3. I've been waiting all summer for good tomatoes for my caprese! Delicious!
    Now I need to find your thai basil sauce that references Sep 27 2007. I can get to the site, but can't find the recipe.

  4. Donna, not sure what Thai Basil Sauce you are referring to; I can't think of a recipe I have that uses Thai basil sauce. This post about freezing Thai basil was posted on that day, but it's not a sauce recipe. There is a recipe on the site for Basil Vinaigrette if that might be what you're looking for?

  5. Beautiful and healthy! I love the spin on the traditional and since kiwis remind me a bit of strawberries (am I the only one?) I know the flavor would be quite lovely.

  6. Kelly, thanks and glad you liked it. Not sure if kiwi reminds me of strawberries, I'll have to think about that one!

  7. Once again you have hit it out of the park!

  8. oh that salad looks delicious! and what a brilliant idea to use kiwi!

  9. Sandi and inanoyster, thank you! I really liked the kiwi in this.

  10. This looks delicious and love the addition of kiwi. Cheers!

  11. Beautiful, we just had regular version of this salad yesterday... next time I must try with kiwi, sounds very interesting :)

  12. Heather, thanks! Glad you like it.

    Margot, isn't it just the perfect salad for this time of year!

  13. Love the addition of kiwifruit, I'm definitely going to have to give this one a try!

  14. I love caprese salad. I can truthfully say, I wouldn't have thought of adding kiwi, but I can imagine the flavour combination. I am intrigued to try it :)

  15. I love your recipes combining sweet and savory ingredients. I can't wait to try this one!


  16. So glad people are liking this. (I've been publishing these comments from the iPhone, so now I'm catching up!)

  17. What a lovely idea, Kalyn! I never would have thought to put kiwi in a caprese salad, but I'd imagine this is so refreshing.

  18. Love love love the kiwi! What a great way to add a burst of citrus to an already delicious salad.

  19. Thanks Dara, I really liked it!

  20. Thanks Lydia! It was really a great combination with the kiwi, tomatoes, and basil.

  21. first time in your blog
    lovely recipes and salad

  22. I love the green tomato and kiwi twists!

  23. This is so colorful - really makes me happy! Aren't the Green Zebra tomatoes fantastic?

  24. Torviewtoronto, thanks!

    Joanne,thanks. I like the color combination too.

    TW, I love, love, love the Green Zebra tomatoes. (I have 3 plants, so hoping I will get my fill of them!)

  25. wow.. that's different! so far, the tomatoes here have been disappointing, but i haven't made it to a proper wet market yet... the time will come!

  26. Johanna, look forward to seeing what's at the markets there. I did shop the wetmarkets in Hong Kong once, very interesting.

  27. I featured it as recipe of the week (thumb + link to your blog on my side bar)... I hope you don't mind.

    Love it... had some caprese salad today again, but no kiwis... maybe tomorrow.

  28. Margot, thanks! I appreciate it.

  29. Yes, please. One of my favorite summer treats. So simple and yet so elegant. I like your twist on the traditional.

  30. Great twist on caprese, using kiwifruit. I love it. Your tomatoes are beautiful!!

  31. Wonderful simple combination, love the kiwi fruit and tomato idea. And the color is beautiful. Another perfect opportunity for the fresh tomatoes coming out of our garden.

  32. Such a great idea to use green tomatoes and kiwi and your salad. Like your picture. Thanks for linking to my recipe also. :)

  33. I've been at the movies, and published these last few comments on the iPhone! Glad people are liking this.

  34. Just made this with red tomatoes from the farmer's market and fresh local mozzarella. It was so good!! The kiwi added a really nice touch. And my kids loved it. The proportions on the dressing were just right. thanks!

  35. Katharine, so glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait to have tomatoes this summer so I can make this again!


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