Caprese Salad and Proscuitto Sandwich

This is one of my favorite foods of all time and I especially love it in sandwich form, so this is a two-part blog.  Caprese salad is of Italian origin and is absurdly simple to make.  It’s just fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and a little dressing. It’s just a great dish for when tomatoes and basil are in season (great out of season too, who are we kidding?).

I can’t remember the first time I had a caprese salad.  I just know that from that point on, I needed to make it at home every now and then.  A couple of years after having my first taste of the salad, I tried my first sandwich in Boston at a pizza and sub shop in Center Plaza near government center.  I think the place went out of business, but they used to have a great caprese and prosciutto sandwich with a balsamic dressing.  The cured ham really makes a great salty addition to these fresh ingredients.  The ham balances out the almost too fresh/light taste of the salad and mozzarella alone by giving it a heartier quality.

Below are my two recipes for a simple caprese salad and a caprese salad sandwich with prosciutto.

Total calories for just salad = 160
Total calories for salad with prosciutto = 280

Total calories per sandwich = 520

Ingredients Generally:

  • 1 Portuguese roll (about 200 – 240 cal.)
    Note: Make a couple of stacks of the ingredients and skip the bread for a more traditional caprese salad.
  • 1.5 oz. fresh mozzarella (about 70 cal. per oz. or 105 cal. total)
  • 3 thick slices of vine ripened tomato (about 20 cal.)
  • 3 – 4 fresh basil leaves (about 5 cal.)
  • 3 – 4 slices of prosciutto (about 30 cal. per slice or 120 cal.)
    Note: You don’t have to have this sandwich with prosciutto, but it is highly recommended that you do.
  • 1/2 or 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (about 10 cal.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil (about 20 cal.)
  • Optional: Salt and/or pepper to taste, but I don’t use any myself since the prosciutto is pretty salty.

Equipment:

  • Toaster oven / stove
  • Knife
  • Teaspoon measurement

Directions for Just Caprese Salad:

  1. Slice three medium-thick tomato slices.
  2. Slice 3 pieces of fresh mozzarella (about 0.5 oz. each)
  3. Set aside 3 – 4 pieces of fresh basil.
  4. Lay down a piece of tomato on a plate.
  5. Stack a piece of basil on the tomato.
  6. Place a mozzarella slice on the tomato and basil.
  7. Repeat steps 4- 6 two more times and build the tower higher.
    Note: You can also just overlap the ingredients and create an arc or spread them out across the width of a plate instead of making a tower.

  8. Drizzle 1/2 or 1 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar over the ingredients.
  9. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil over the ingredients and add salt or pepper to taste (I don’t add salt or pepper usually though).
  10. Serve cold and eat as a great pre-meal salad.
    Serving Suggestion: Add a layer of prosciutto on top of each mozzarella layer for a heftier caprese salad.

Directions for Caprese Salad and Prosciutto Sandwich:

  1. Slice the Portuguese roll horizontally in half (or you can leave it hinged by not slicing all the way through).
  2. Place the roll into a toaster oven and toast for a few minutes until the inside is browned a bit.
  3. Take 3-4 slices of prosciutto and lay them on the bottom half of the bread by folding each piece over on itself making a kind of fluffy or wavy layer of meat.
  4. Slice three medium-thick tomato slices and lay them on the top half of the bread.
  5. Slice 3 pieces of fresh mozzarella (about 0.5 oz. each) and lay them on top of the tomatoes.
  6. Place 3 – 4 fresh basil leaves on top of the mozzarella (feel free to roughly rip up the leaves as well).
  7. Drizzle 1/2 or 1 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar over the basil and a little on the meat.
  8. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil over the vegetables and cheese.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste (again, I don’t really add this, but that’s your call)
  10. Lastly, close the sandwich and enjoy!

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