mango caprese with basil vinaigrette

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~mango caprese~

“One way can be learned by starting to see the magic in everything. Sometimes it seems to be hiding, but it’s always there. The more we can see the magic in one thing, a tiny flower, a mango, someone we love, then the more we are able to see the magic in everything and everyone. Where does the mango stop and the sky begin?” ~Joshua Kadison

This is a twist on the traditional caprese salad recipe. Get the freshest possible mangoes for this lovely, summer dish and pair it with a little glass of prosecco sparkling wine. The flavors of the mango, mozzarella, and basil combine perfectly with sea salt, sugar and cayenne pepper. We toasted a baguette and enjoyed the salad on little buttered slices of the chewy bread, but this is good without the bread too.

On a plate, alternate slices of:

fresh mango

fresh buffalo mozzarella

romaine leaf pieces or radicchio leaf pieces

~basil vinaigrette~

In a food processor, combine:

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2-3 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

drizzle vinaigrette over caprese salad.

over the top, sprinkle:

a little coarse sea salt

coarse turbinado sugar

a dash or two of cayenne pepper

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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  6 comments for “mango caprese with basil vinaigrette

  1. Kimber Dunn
    August 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

    SUPER YUMMY!!! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Melissa
      August 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

      It’s really good! Even better with radicchio, but the day I wanted to make it our store was out. The purple leaves and the orange mango are so pretty together 🙂

  2. Chantelle
    August 2, 2011 at 11:04 am

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. That looks amazing! I can’t wait to make this- thanks for sharing….I can almost taste it already.

  3. Melissa
    August 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

    enjoy!

  4. August 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    If I can find ripe mangos here in Maine, I’m going to make this. I like the salty, sweet and hot added on top.

    • Melissa
      August 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Enjoy, Karen!

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