Tuesday, December 14, 2010

red and green and delicious!


There are some recipes that are UNBELIEVABLY simple but so delicious- the perfect pairing of flavors. One of the favorites in our house is caprese salad. We fix it all the time and no matter how many times I take a bite, I always smile- it's like fresh garden in your mouth :)


Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad consisting of tomato, mozzarella and basil. It is typically served as sliced tomatoes topped with a piece mozzarella, a basil leaf and then drizzled with olive oil and basalmic vinegar.

While I love the traditional sliced version, I decided to make a salad that was little easier to eat, could serve lots of people or be boxed up for leftovers.

I started with baby tomatoes- these could be either served whole or sliced in half.

Then I used A LOT of basil and instead of cutting it up I ripped it up into small/medium pieces

and added it to the tomatoes.

Next, I ripped up pieces of mozzarella. Let me just say this about the mozzarella- it must be good quality, fresh and the creamier the better. Often the good mozzarella is sold in a container with 3-4 round balls floating in water (or brine) and will be the creamiest.

The last step is to drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar- if you like the flavor. I love balsamic on my caprese salad but my hubby prefers just the olive oil.

Finish with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Toss everything together and serve.

Just looking at this photo makes my mouth water!

This is truly the perfect salad that will go with just about anything

and has a very festive color palette- perfect for holiday entertaining!


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