This is my first salad posting! Doesn’t say much about my eating habits does it?
For the record, I love veggies (no, really. You can ask my mother if you want .
My husband, on the other hand, is a whole different story.
The boy’s favorite vegetable is bacon, so the less said, the better I think.
Anyway, in case you were wondering, there is a point to all this.
My husband loves this salad. Really, actually, truly loves it.
So it must be good right?
Wrong. Its wayyy better than good.
See, I’m not really a big fan of the traditional caprese salad. Slices of tomato and cheese just don’t cut it for me.
Bite size pieces of cheese and cherry and grape tomatoes, now we’re talking a good caprese.
I apologize in advance to all caprese purists.
On to the recipe!
Mozzarella, salt, pepper, basil, olive oil and tomatoes!
Now repeat with me.
Basil and pepper
(I forgot to take a picture of the olive oil, but trust me, if there was ever an occasion to break out the best stuff, this is it!)
Don’t they look amazing?
The tomatoes I’ve used here are a mixed lot…
I love how the colors pop.
Makes you want to reach out and grab one, doesn’t it?
Ok, now moving on to making the salad. In a salad bowl, throw in the tomatoes (cut into bite sized pieces)
Add the mozzarella.
Again, we’re going for bite sized; so if you can’t find bocconcini, either cut up the freshest mozzarella you wan find, or try to be fancy and use a melon scoop like I did.
Kinda made a mess of it didn’t I?
That was intentional. It gives it the whole process the human element, I think.
I can see you aren’t buying it. I screwed up.
It’s not like you’re perfect.
Ok, so follow that up with the basil.
Then the salt.
(or sea salt if you’re trying to be fancy like I am)
Crack some pepper over that.
Drizzle some olive oil.
We’re almost ready!!
But not quite ready.
This is the part that will make the purists cringe.
I like adding some good balsamic vinegar to the salad just before serving.
I know, I know! But you need to try it with balsamic vinegar.
A caprese salad without balsamic is like, well, like a dog’s tail without a wag.
I’m sorry, that last bit was just bizarre. I realize.
I miss Hugo.
Can you tell?
This is Hugo.
He’s all the way in India.
It’s been 2 months and 14 days since I saw him.
And he’s going to be here sooon!! I can hardly wait!
Anyway, until then, there’s always a good caprese salad!
Although of course, once Hugo gets here, we’ll probably end up having bacon for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner.
His favorite vegetable is also bacon, you see.
tomatoes - 1 cup(grape, cherry or any other kind)
mozzarella - 1 cup (bocconcini if you have it, or the regular kind)
Basil - 2 tbsp
olive oil - enough to drizzle
salt and pepper - as needed
balsamic vinegar - a couple of splashes
Wash the tomatoes (basics, basics!)
If the tomatoes are too big, cut into bite sized pieces.
In a salad bowl, add the tomatoes and mozzarella (also in bite sized pieces).
Tear some basil leaves. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
Drizzle some olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the salad just before serving.
Do not let the salad sit in the dressing for any period of time. Serve immediately.