Tomato and Mozzarella (Caprese) Salad – for Christmas!

Christmas Salad Ideas - Tomato and Mozzarella with Roast Capsicum Stars

I’ve been trying to think up some good, summery Christmas salad ideas and one of the first thoughts that came to mind a was Caprese salad.  This salad basically consists of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil – perfect Christmas colours and it always feels like such a treat too! Even though the roast capsicum is not an authentic ingredient, I thought it would be fun to make some little red stars from it in order to add even more festivity to the dish!  (as it’s a bit tricky to make these from tomato)

Christmas Salad Ideas - Tomato and Mozzarella (Caprese) with Roast Capsicum Stars

Caprese Salad (for Christmas)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large ball of fresh buffalo milk mozzarella
  2. 3 large tomatoes
  3. 1 large red capsicum
  4. A small bunch of fresh basil
  5. Olive oil
  6. Balsamic Vinegar
  7. Salt and Pepper
  8. (You'll also need a small star shaped biscuit cutter)
Instructions
  1. For the roast the capsicum stars-
  2. Place whole capsicum in 190C (375F) oven, turning occasionally, until skin begins darkened and blister (about 30-40mins).
  3. Once cooked, place capsicum in heatproof bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave for 10mins (this helps to loosen the skin).
  4. Peel and deseed capsicum. Flatten out the flesh onto a chopping board and cutout some stars using the biscuit cutter.
  5. To arrange the salad-
  6. Cut the mozzrealla and tomato in even sized slices and arrange them on a platter in overlapping rows.
  7. Decorate using the stars and basil leaves and then finish of with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a seasoning of salt and pepper.
Notes
  1. Serves 2
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