Insalata Caprese or Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Salad

Insalata Caprese or Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Salad

Insalata Caprese or Tomato Basil and Mozzarella salad is a quintessential Italian salad that is hugely popular. Make it for a party, picnic or just lunch!

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