I cannot go to a get together without bringing something yummy to share. I often try to cater to the host. So when we made plans to go to my parent’s house for dinner last night, I knew my Dad would be thrilled with my caprese salad. He had shared that he was disappointed with one he had ordered while out with my Mom recently. Yeah, Dad, I can take a hint, haha. So I bring you – my simple and yummy Caprese Salad.
4 Ripe Tomatoes (I use on the vine)
Mozzarella (you can buy pre-sliced for convenience)
Pink Salt & Black Pepper
Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze (you can also make your own by heating balsamic over low heat until it is reduced)
This dish is so easy to make, and for easy assembly – its best to prep all of your ingredients ahead of time. Rince, dry and slice your tomatoes into roughly 1/4″ slices, set aside. Slice your mozzarella into pieces that are 1/2 to 3/4 the size of your tomato slices, set aside. Seperate and de-stem your basil (if need be).
Now all we have to do is put all the ingredients together. Alternately begin layering basil, mozzarella and tomato slices, and repeat. Align them standing on the tomatoes side for a beautiful display. Create rows until either you dish is filled, or you run out of ingredients! Once this is accomplished, season everything with salt and pepper. Even simple dishes need flavor, so I never omit this step! Next drizzle a light layer of EVOO over your dish, start with a light layer – you can always add more but you can’t take any away. You don’t want to create a soggy dish, texture is crucial! Lastly drizzle a fair amount of your balsamic glaze over the whole dish. I never measure, but you do roughly equal parts of both EVOO and balsamic glaze.
A delicious appetizer, side dish or salad. This light and refreshing dish is always a crowd pleaser. Want to know a funny fact? My husband doesn’t like raw tomatoes, and I don’t eat the cheese – so its basically our “oliive” rule from How I Met Your Mother. He eats the cheese and basil, I eat the tomato and basil, lol. Good thing I always add a healthy (aka extra) amount of basil! The more fresh herbs, the better!