Ladybug Caprese Salad

This is super simple to make but looks fabulous. 

So tasty, even the kids will clamour for salad! Great for a stunning dinner party appetiser or a fun lunch served with crusty bread.

It's a great way of presenting the classic tomato, basil and mozzarella salad known as 'Insalata Caprese'.

It is Italian in origin - traditionally, you would drizzle olive oil over it.

Here, it has black olives and balsamic glaze - a twist on the original.

I'm sure you will enjoy.


The ingredients couldn't be simpler.

Basil leaves

Tomatoes - small plum ones

Mozzarella cheese

Black olives

Balsamic vinegar glaze or olive oil to serve


Crusty bread if having as a lunch, if not, just serve alone as a light appetiser.


Slice the tomatoes in half then slit them lengthwise to make 'wings'.

Slice the cheese in rounds.

Tear off medium sized basil leaves.

Slice an olive into quarters - chop one quarter into tiny pieces.


Assemble:

One slice of mozzarella cheese

One Basil leaf

One half of miniature plum tomato - sliced to make ladybug wings

Quarter black olive for head

Tiny pieces of olive dotted down back to make spots - drizzle with balsamic or olive oil to your taste

Et Voila! 

I would serve two tomatoes to a portion for lunch with crusty bread or one tomato as an appetiser for a three course meal.

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