caprese salad

Caprese salad is so easy to put together and is so refreshing in the summer. When you have an abundance of juicy ripe tomatoes in the summer this is a great way to use them and serve as an appetizer, as a side, or just for snack. I’ve been loving the heirloom tomatoes this summer, they taste amazing and fresh from the garden which is how I remember eating tomatoes as a kid. They’re a bit pricey, but give them a try, you’ll be happy you did.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves: More tomatoes more servings! I use one tomato and ¼ log of mozzarella to serve 2

Ingredients:

Tomato
Fresh Mozzarella
Balsamic Glaze (you can make your own balsamic reduction or just buy the glaze at the store)IMG_1494
Olive Oil
Fresh Basil
Prosciutto (optional)

Make it your own: Add a slice of prosciutto for some extra meat and salt! Or put your caprese right on top of some grilled chicken for a fresh summertime meal!

Directions:

  1. Slice tomato in thick slices and place on plate.
  2. Add a piece of prosciutto on top of the tomato, if desired.
  3. Slice mozzarella in thick slices similar in size to the tomato slices.
  4. Lay mozzarella slices on top of the tomato slices
  5. Place a basil leaf on top of each slice of cheese.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze.
  7. Bon appétit!IMG_1504

 

Tip: Grow your own basil! I’ll be the first to admit, I can’t even keep a cactus alive…but I bought a pot of basil at Whole Foods and it has been doing great. I keep the little guy on my porch and make sure it is in the sun when I’m home. It’s a great to have on hand for caprese salads, pizza, sauce, and even lemonade.

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