Saturday, May 28, 2011

Caprese Salad

My current favorite food obsession is this salad.  I could eat this entire bowl.  And then lick the sauce off the bottom.  It is THAT good.

This is a good recipe to have on hand for those times when your garden overfloweth---tomatoes and basil from the garden, for the win!

I already know that we will be eating this A LOT this summer.  It's so quick to make, and so fresh.  And my 2 year old eats it by the fist full. 

Caprese Salad
  • 1/4 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 8 oz. FRESH mozzarella cheese
  • 5 fresh tomatoes (I used on the vine tomatoes) if you use roma, you'll need more
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 2 T. red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Dice your tomatoes---seeding them before you dice.  (Scoop out the goop, basically).  Place your tomatoes in a mesh strainer, and place over a bowl, to catch the liquid.  Toss the tomatoes with sugar and salt.  Let rest over the bowl to drain the excess liquid from the tomatoes.
  2. Cut the mozzarella into bite sized pieces.  Depending on how fresh your mozzarella is (make sure you buy the fresh kind, and not the kind you can get at a deli), you'll need to dry it off a little, or let it sit on your cutting board for a bit.  (If it is really wet, just tap a paper towel over it to absorb some moisture.)
  3. In a blender, combine the vinegar, minced garlic, dijon mustard, salt & pepper, and blend until combined.  Slowly stream in the olive oil, until it is emulsified and frothy.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Take your basil leaves and stack them on top of eachother.  Roll them up tight like you are rolling up a cigar (hey...), then slice them in thin strips.  You can add more basil if you want, depending on the size of your basil leaves.
  5. Combine the tomatoes, cheese, and basil in a bowl.  Pour dressing over and toss to combine.  Let rest for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  6. ***Sometimes I'll add some of the drained tomato liquid to the dressing---SO good!!!

1 comment:

  1. I love a good salad. Yours looks wonderful.