Thursday, September 2, 2010

:: Thursday's Recipe Rodeo ::

This is the place to get some new recipes or maybe even a twist on an old one. Feel free to take any recipe here and try it out. If you want to join in on the Recipe Rodeo, let me know! I would love to try some of your recipes too!

Today's Round Up: Appetizer/Salad

After a few busy weeks and our first family vacation I am back to posting recipes. Summer has finally arrived here in Santa Cruz and with it comes my desire for easy, light, flavorful foods. I think many people would agree that you can't beat a combination that includes olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add some fresh tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella in there and you have yourself a perfect appetizer or light main dish to enjoy!

Caprese Salad

* 2 - 3 Fresh tomatoes - (I typically try to use garden fresh and the most flavorful)
* 1/2 pound or one ball fresh mozzarella, drained and sliced or cubed (Costco has the best deal!)
* 15-20 fresh basil leaves, whole or chopped
* 2-3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 1-2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
* salt and pepper


There are many ways to prepare caprese salad however, we typically do in two different ways, depending up on our mood - slices or diced. If preparing sliced, simply slice tomatoes and fresh mozzarella in 1/4" thick slices. Alternate tomato slices, mozzarella slices, and whole basil leaves. Generously cover with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you use small tomatoes such as grape or cherry, simply slice in half. Dice mozzarella, chop basil and mix with tomatoes. Generously cover with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir gently and enjoy!If you want to join in on your own blog, simply link back to this blog and mention that you are partaking in Thursday's Recipe Rodeo. If you don't have a blog and want to share a recipe with us - leave it in the comments!Click here for printable version of Caprese Salad

1 comment:

Sally said...

I'm so glad you posted this! It's such an amazing recipe. We have been getting heirloom tomatoes around here that are so, so flavorful. Perfect for this salad!