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While the fresh local veggies are still in abundance here in the Northeast, I'm taking advantage of the farmer's market. Is there anything so delicious as a ripe, juicy tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil, and a balsamic dressing for a hint of zesty sweetness?
So simple and fresh. Oh how I love this time of year!!
Caprese Salad for 2
1 vine-ripened tomato
1/4 lb. fresh mozzarella ball
handful fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
Either slice tomatoes and mozzarella into similar sized slices and alternate on a plate, or just chop them both up into bite sized pieces. Lay basil leaves on top of one another and slice into very thin strips (a chiffonade). Sprinkle basil leaves over tomato and mozzarella (which apparently I forgot to do before I took a photo!) Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a jar and shake vigorously. Drizzle over tomatoes and mozzarella. Mangia.
Now, a little side note about my basil. Last year my basil went gangbusters all summer long and I made batch after batch of yummy homemade pesto with the harvest.
This year - same pot, same spot on my deck, and a complete failure - see how the pathetic plant barely grew and the leaves are yellow-green instead of vibrant, greeny green??
Do you have any easy caprese go to recipes? If so, Kristin and I would love for you to link up! Post a Mangia Mondays button in your blog post or link back to Shine Your Light or Delightfully Dowling to participate - thanks so much.
Hope you have a great week ahead!