Does caprese salad have to have balsamic vinegar?
My friend and I are having a dispute: she claims balsamic vinegar is an essential component of a caprese salad; I say BS. Who's right? Wikipedia sides with me, but its source is Joy of Cooking, which I'm not sure is the best source for Italian cuisine.
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If you think your caprese salad needs a bit of acid, and it might, use a good quality aged red wine vinegar--but just a small amount. When I'm writing recipes I often have to stipulate "vinegar, but not balsamic" in order to get the right flavor. Red wine vinegar can be a miraculous product--and even more useful than any whatever "balsamic."
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