Caprese Salad with Tomato Granita

Caprese Salad with Tomato Granita
Staff Writer
Patricia Stagich

Tomatoes should be served at room temperature, and this icy vinaigrette is a cool and resfreshing way to add contrast to the tomatoes. 

6
Servings
58
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the tomato granita

  • 1 Tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • One 8-ounce seeded, peeled tomato

For the salad

  • 4 assorted heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 8 Ounces bocconcini mozzarella, or large chunks of Parmesan cheese
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish

Directions

For the tomato granita

To prepare granita, place the vinegar, oil, salt, and tomato in a blender or food processor and  process until smooth.  Place the tomato mixture in an 8-inch square baking dish, cover, and freeze until firm, stirring twice during the first 2 hours.

After about an hour, scrape with a fork and break up any big chunks. Scrape entire mixture with a fork until fluffy.

For the salad

Arrange the tomato slices on a platter. Sprinkle the tomatoes with pepper and salt. Top with granita.  Sprinkle with basil. Serve with bocconcini and Parmesean chunks drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
4%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
3g
2%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Calcium, Ca
33mg
3%
Choline, total
8mg
2%
Fluoride, F
12µg
0%
Folate, total
4µg
1%
Magnesium, Mg
5mg
2%
Phosphorus, P
75mg
11%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
173mg
12%
Water
32g
1%

Caprese Salad Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Caprese Salad Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.