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During the summer we love grilled meat and cold side dishes. I don’t like heating up the kitchen unless it for cooking sweet corn. This is why we live on Caprese salad also know as our fresh tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad.
Cherry tomatoes are my go-to for this salad now but I will use whatever tomatoes I have on hand to make this Caprese salad. The pearl fresh mozzarella also makes this salad so much easier to make every night.
Start with cutting up the tomatoes in bite-size pieces or in half if you are using cherry tomatoes. Next, get ready to cut up some basil. I planted two basil plants in the back flower beds. I just go pluck several leaves whenever I am ready to use them. By the way, most herbs are organic because they keep pests away naturally with their strong smells. So, if you don’t grow your own herbs and can only find organic and are a bit anti-organic like I am due to the higher prices, know it is a marketing ploy in most cases. Herbs grow organically without the need for pesticides to keep bugs from eating them away since they smell so strongly.
It makes a pretty little dish with little to now work. I try to have fresh mozzarella balls of cheese in the fridge at all times. Luckily, right now Aldi’s sells them. This one came from the fresh cheese case in Kroger (by the deli meats.) When I can find the pearl fresh mozzarella I will buy that instead just to make the salad even easier to make. If I don’t have the pearl fresh mozzarella, I cut the ball up into bite-size pieces.
Summer Salad Recipes
Caprese Salad Recipe
Caprese Salad is a simple summer salad recipe made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella for a quick and easy side dish all summer long.
- 16 ounces cherry tomatoes cut in half or two cups of diced tomatoes
- 1, 8- ounce ball of fresh mozzarella diced or fresh mozzarella pearls
- 4-5 basil leaves sliced
- 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
- Salt and Pepper
- Mix tomatoes, cheese, and basil together.
- Add balsamic vinegar one tablespoon at a time. Stir into tomato mixture. If more is not needed to coat everything, don't add it.
- Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate till ready to serve.
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