Every day when I water my small herb garden, I get a whiff of fresh basil. My first thoughts always go to one of my favorite summertime dishes: caprese salad! However, the tomatoes I've picked up lately are rather disappointing. Luckily, I stumbled across this recipe that puts a new twist on the classic caprese. It's made with mangoes instead of tomatoes.
This salad is a simple mix of mango, mozzarella, and radicchio all tossed with a basil vinaigrette. The sweetness of the mangoes balance out the bitterness of the radicchio creating a combination that is satisfying in both taste and texture. Rather than use the traditional presentation of thin layered slices, I chose a more rustic approach with bite-sized mango and pearl-like mozzarella. To learn how to make this updated classic, please read more.
2/3 cup chopped fresh basil, plus 8 whole large basil leaves
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
16 radicchio leaves, thick ends trimmed (small head)
4 large mangoes, peeled and cut in chunks
8 oz. perlini mozzarella
1. Blend chopped basil, oil, and vinegar in mini processor until most of basil is pureed. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Chop radicchio and mangoes into bite-size pieces. A trick to cutting mangoes: cut the two sides with majority of the flesh. Using a small paring knife to cut the mango in both directions. Flip the mango inside out and cut the bite-size pieces off of the skin.
3. Mix radicchio, mangoes, and mozzarella. Toss with vinaigrette and garnish with basil leaves.
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