Tuesday, December 14, 2010

red and green and delicious!

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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 :)



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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.


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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.


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


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


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and added it to the tomatoes.


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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.


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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.


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Toss everything together and serve.


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Just looking at this photo makes my mouth water!


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


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

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