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This simple, but incredibly delicious salad is one of the easiest dishes to throw together.  It’s light and it’s healthy, and it’s made with three key ingredients with flavours that complement each other perfectly.

Originally made on the Isle of Caprice, traditional Insalata Carprese, is made with soft sheeps milk mozzarella, sweet ripe tomatoes and aromatic basil………red, green and white representing the colours of the Italian flag.   It is not usually served as a side, but as a meal itself, an entree or a tasty appetiser.

And last night I made up a plate of Caprice Salad mini skewers…….. an antipasto for a dinner party we were throwing for a small group of old and very loved friends.  The dinner was lovely, the night full of talk and laughter…… and it all began with a tray of easy to assemble, caprice salad sticks.

This recipe is simple.  All you need is a punnet of  sweet, grape or cherry tomatoes, baby bocconcini (instead of the larger balls of mozzarella) and some aromatic basil from the garden.

Just cut the tomatoes in half and thread a piece onto a tooth pick or mini skewer.  Next, thread basil, then a ball of baby bocconcini, more basil and finally the top of the tomato.

Pop them onto a serving platter and finish with a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a drizzle of simple balsamic vinegar and olive oil mix.

So easy to whip up and so vibrant…….especially at this festive time of year.

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