Southern Salad Caprese

Chef Larry Barrett~Simply Gourmet Caterers

This Salad Caprese has a twist. The Southern in this Italian dish is American Southern. I love fried green tomatoes, crunchy and tangy~they make a great foil for the creamy mozzarella cheese. The salad has everything going for it~cold/hot, crunchy/creamy. Best of all, it couldn’t be easier.

Serves 4
Two Large Red Tomatoes
Two Large Yellow Tomatoes
Two Large Green Tomatoes
12 Ounces Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Breadcrumbs
2 Cups Buttermilk
2 Cups Vegetable Oil (For Frying)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Cup Fresh Basil
A Few Sprigs of Fresh Oregano

Preparation~Frying the Green Tomatoes
Set up a breading station. Put the buttermilk, flour and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Add salt and black pepper to taste to the flour and the breadcrumbs. Slice the green tomatoes into ¼ inch slices. Place the slices in the buttermilk and let sit for 5 minutes. Shake the buttermilk off the green tomatoes and dip in the flour~shake the flour off. Dip in the buttermilk again and cover thoroughly with the breadcrumbs. Place vegetable oil in sauté pan, so you have about a half inch~heat oil to 350°. Fry the slices a few at a time until golden brown on both sides. Drain tomatoes on paper towels. Allow the tomatoes to cool slightly. Slice the Red/Yellow tomatoes and mozzarella cheese into ¼ inch slices. Roll the basil leaves like a cigar and slice thinly into a chiffonade.

Take four plates and scatter some basil leaf chiffonade on them. Place a slice of red tomato/mozzarella, yellow tomato/mozzarella, fried green tomato/mozzarella on each plate. You should have one slice of each tomato and three slices of mozzarella cheese. Dust lightly with salt/pepper and drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil. Put the rest of the basil chiffonade on the top of each salad. Garnish with the sprigs of fresh oregano.

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