Our friends at PO Press have taken your traditional Caprese Salad and put their own, new American spin on this Italian classic.
The basic Caprese salad consists of three staple ingredients: fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and sliced tomatoes. You’ll find that this traditional Italian salad can be served up a number of different ways using these ingredients, but our friends over at P.O. Press decided to take it a step further, and create their own take on a Caprese salad using similar, yet slightly different ingredients. We spent some time learning about this dish with chef Jimmy Gentry, and he showed us how to turn this dish on its head.
- Paneer cheese
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Sesame seeds
- Sea salt
- Red vein sorrel
- Celery leaves
- Sorrel sauce
Making the Caprese Salad
This is a fairly easy dish to make, and if you have all the ingredients, you could definitely make this at home. The paneer is seared lightly on each side in an oiled skillet to give it a little more firmness and texture, and drizzled with honey after cooking. While it’s cooling off, you start cutting your heirloom tomatoes in half. If you’re going for a visual presentation, try to pick a few different colors, shapes, and sizes. Once your tomatoes are sliced in half, mix them in a bowl with some oil, sea salt, and sesame seeds. Now you’re ready to plate this dish!
Place your cooked paneer on a plate or in a bowl, and begin to build your tomatoes on top of it. Again, if you’re going for presentation, try to make it look like everything fell in place naturally, as opposed to just a big pile of tomatoes. Once you’ve finished that, you can place a few leaves of sorrel and celery on top for garnish, and place some sorrel sauce next to it. And now you’re finished! Enjoy!
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