Caprese, a perfect Summer salad

30 Aug

So last summer, the Love Muffin and I took our honeymoon to Italy. 12 days of awesomesauce including Rome, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. During the course of our amazing vacation (yes, I’m going to rub it in) we ate our way through those four cities. The weather was super hot, contrary to our cool, rainy summer in New England, so rather than stuffing myself on pasta and Italian meats/cheeses (for all three meals) I found my new Summer love – the Caprese Salad.

Caprese Salad at La Marinella, Positano, Italy

Most of us know it as tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella. So one year later, I’ve renewed my love affair with this amazing salad. I’ve had it almost every day for the last week. The only problem this year, is that I’m not eating the salads in Italy…wah wah wah.

So during our trip I found one recipe secret for an above average Caprese Salad. Here is the secret to my success:

  • 1-2 Heirloom tomatoes or 3-4 Roma tomatoes (if you can’t find the Heirlooms)
  • Fresh Basil Leaves – 1 large bunch
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Fresh Pepper to taste
  • And here’s the secret ingredient…white balsamic vinegar

Slice each tomato and place on a colorful plate. Slice the mozzarella and place on top of each tomato. Take the basil, trim the stems and tear each leaf into pieces. Cover the tomato and cheese with the basil. Take the olive oil and drizzle it over the tomatoes and cheese. Season the entire plate with sea salt and cracked fresh pepper. Then drizzle the white balsamic over the entire plate and ENJOY!

Beautiful, fresh and perfect for a hot day

The white balsamic gives the tomatoes and cheese a tangy bite and compliments the basil perfectly. Those Italians sure know how to do it and now you do too!


2 Responses to “Caprese, a perfect Summer salad”

  1. kteb August 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    two blog posts in one night… what is this? who are we? what are we having for lunch tomorrow?

    • Love Muffin September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

      Seriously, she did have a caprese salad or version thereof everyday that week. And we just bought more mozzerella and the tomotoes are ripening in the garden, so…

      For a more filling meal you can make a caprese panini. If I have to explain that, I feel bad for you.

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