Insalata Caprese With Pesto Vinaigrette
In Italy this salad, which may (or may not) have originated on the isle of Capri, is ubiquitous. It might even be called insalata inescapable since it is served almost everywhere in the country and in exactly the same way. With predictable layers of tomato mozzarella and basil (the red white and green of the Italian flag) it is the "no surprises" dish in the salad category (a tasty, if occasionally taxing, old reliable). Without deviating wildly from expectations but with the intention of calling the taste buds to attention we've extended the role of basil into a full blown pesto style dressing.