A colorful update to the Caprese—which typically pairs umami-rich tomatoes with mild, fresh mozzarella—this salad adds some crunch in the form of cucumbers and boosts the refreshment factor with fresh mint and parsley. Dressing-wise, you could go with any favorite vinaigrette, or even a simple drizzle of fruity olive oil and good vinegar; we prefer sherry vinegar as the acid because it provides a nice, earthy complexity with all that brightness. To really boost the savory flavors in this dish, you can try adding a pinch of MSG at the same stage you’d add salt and pepper, and using it much the same way (sprinkling to taste). If you can’t find Persian cucumbers, you can swap in an English cucumber (you may just want to cut the rounds in half).
We've partnered with Ajinomoto Co. Inc. to bring you a series of recipes, stories, and videos that celebrate the fifth taste: umami. This rich, savory essence can be played up in almost any dish by adding a dash of MSG, a seasoning that's pure umami flavor.