Everybody knows and loves the Caprese salad, that classic combination of three perfect Italian ingredients: mozzarella, tomato and basil. Named after Capri and loved the world over, this salad heralds the arrival of summer and the ripe tomatoes that accompany it. It also demonstrates true harmony: the acidity of the tomatoes and their sweetness balances the rich, lactic creaminess of mozzarella, and basil adds pepperiness and fragrance. It is the essence of summer, a quintessential Italian plateful and a celebration of the three colours of the Italian flag.
Here this classic combination is reincarnated as an unusual but ideal dish for the summer months. Though it is not exactly a pasta dish, neither it is completely a salad. It’s a happy hybrid - a pasta salad – but, fear not, it is nothing like those ones your mum made in the 90’s. Here there are no suspicious cubes of green pepper or puckered khaki-coloured peas, and, thankfully, not a sweetcorn kernel in sight.