Caprese Salad

16 Sep

Caprese SaladMy family is Greek and Italian, therefore Mediterranean flavors are in our blood. The specific ingredient that my clan can’t get enough of is the modest tomato.

My dad is a huge tomato gardener, and has spent the past 22 years (that’s only as long as I can vouch for) perfecting the heavenly fruit — remember, tomatoes are fruits not vegetables.

I vote his Cherokee purple heirlooms best in show, but all of his varieties are delicious. So delicious, in fact, that cooking them down into a sauce or smothering them over a pizza is a waste. The only way to truly understand the perfection known as my father’s tomatoes is to enjoy them in simple form.

I’m partial to housing them down with just a sprinkle of salt, but here’s a recipe that everyone can love (even if you don’t have access to my father’s tomatoes — although he does handout seedling like frozen yogurt samples).

Caprese Salad

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 block of fresh mozzarella
  • 1 handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Cut tomatoes and mozzarella into thick slices.

Fresh MozzarellaStep 2: On a serving plate, layer a slice of tomato, a slice of mozzarella, and a 2 basil leaves. Repeat this pattern until you fill the plate. Make sure it looks pretty.

Heirloom TomatoesStep 3: Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

CapreseStep 4: Enjoy!

There you have it. A super simple, no-cook tomato salad. Nothing taste better than summer tomatoes, fresh basil, and smooth mozzarella. And with only a few days of summer left, it’s time to start enjoying.

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2 Responses to “Caprese Salad”

  1. Brent ~ College Recipe Cafe ~ September 18, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Love your comment about your dad handing out the seedlings like frozen yogurt samples…too funny! Since I’m a bit of a carb-aholic I can see myself using this tasty combo for a toasted caprese sandwich!

    • meganrodkey September 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      Thanks Brent! A Caprese sandwich is delicious also! Few things taste better than melted mozzarella.

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