Ladybug Caprese Salad

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This ladybug caprese salad 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.

Watch the video or follow the photos - it is really super simple. I couldn't believe it when I first saw photos of this tasty salad, I thought 'what on earth is that!' then I realised what they were and how they were made. Caprese salad is very much a favourite of mine when it comes to ordering in a restaurant, I love the simplicity and freshness of the ingredients, but this is a lovely twist and makes it so appealing to all ages. Anybody would smile if you were to present them with the ladybug caprese salad. 


Ladybug Caprese Salad Bites


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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.

There are some more great tomato and basil combinations here - they really do go well together. There are some fabulous combination for soups, so hot and cold are just perfect. 

Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella

Tomato & Basil Flatbreads

Greek Salad with Feta

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These cute ladybugs will get the kids clamouring for salad. A great way of serving bite sized portions at a buffet or an amusing appetizer.





Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Yield: 12

Main Ingredient: basil, tomato, mozzarella

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