One of the best things about summer is the Caprese Salad. Though of course it can be made year round and will always be delicious; fresh heirloom tomatoes right out of the summer sun make this beyond simply wonderful.
Hmm, that’s a mouth full right there. While I was entertaining my favorite guests this week, I found some beautiful organic basil, which had been difficult to find lately, and then some perfect tomatoes. So with those two items scored the only thing to do was to make a Caprese Salad.
It is idiot proof for those who don’t like being in a kitchen. Can’t even comprehend the species, but that’s life. Always full of a variety of surprises.
Three ingredients make this a perfect side dish, appetizer, or for those of you like me (who used to forget to eat before she started this blog), it’s breakfast lunch and dinner! Hardly any cleanup.
Caprese Salad ingredients consist of Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese and fresh organic basil. Preferably you have grown two of the important items. But if time has you on the run, any of your high end organic grocers or Farmers Markets are the place you want to pick them up. Stay away from those large chains. They might say organic but it’s not always so.
I prefer a heavy Balsamic Vinegar and the best grade of Olive oil. There are no hard fast rules on this salad as well. I start with the olive oil, salt and pepper before I top the cheese and the basil with the balsamic vinegar.
As you can see, this salad was gone in minutes. Literally disappeared before my eyes. I made a second plate as I honestly didn’t want to move on to the main meal.
Do yourself and your family a favor. Prepare this meal more often than you planned this summer. It’s health benefits and low grid production will make you green inside and out!
I believe you can conjure up some fabulous adventures too in a picnic basket with this salad.
I wore my uncharacteristic mini apron. It was just one of those rainy, simple kitchen days. With lots of laughs among friends!