Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil, it's occasionally paired with arugula; it is usually arranged on a plate in restaurant practice. In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto (starter), not a contorno (side dish) and may be eaten any time of day. Variations of Caprese salad may include Italian dressing or pesto in place of olive oil, or balsamic vinegar in addition to it. Olives may appear, along with rucola or romaine lettuce to augment the basil. Oregano or black pepper is sometimes added.

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