Chopped Caprese Salad
We had to keep a few things from getting lost in translation when we turned this Italian classic into a hearty chopped salad.
Why This Recipe Works
To transform a classic Italian appetizer into a hearty tossed salad, we add chopped romaine to the traditional tomato, mozzarella, and basil. Chopped globe tomatoes turned the salad watery, but halved grape tomatoes provide a pop of color and sweet, year-round tomato flavor. To further guard against watery salad, we toss the tomatoes with salt ahead of time to season them and draw out excess liquid. A potent oil infused with garlic, basil, and shallot seasons the cheese, and the same oil is later added to red wine vinegar to make the salad dressing.