Saturday, May 26, 2012

Caprese Salad for One

Caprese salad is probably one of my all-time favorite things to order in a restaurant.  Fresh juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, spicy basil and sweet balsamic are an amazing flavor combination, and I think it makes the most beautiful portion-perfect salad.

Despite it being a favorite of mine and a simple dish, I’ve actually never made it at home before.  So when Hubs said we needed to start trimming the new basil plant, I thought it sounded like a great time to try something new and make my own caprese salad!

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I picked up the tomatoes and mozzarella from Kroger.  I decided to try a new tomato variety I’d read about in their ad, the Tasti-Lees.  They’re fully vine ripened and apparently have up to 50% more lycopene than regular tomatoes.  Healthier or not, they’re definitely tasty!  I also was a big fan of the cheese - it was not too watery, so the texture stood up well to the tomatoes.

I topped off the salad with premade balsamic glaze, although you could make your own very easily by boiling down balsamic vinegar until it thickens. 

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Caprese Salad for One

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 3 slices ripe tomato
  • 2 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 6-8 basil leaves
  • balsamic glaze
  • salt & pepper

Directions

Stack the tomato slices, mozzarella and basil alternately in that order, adding salt and pepper to taste to the tomato layers.  Finish with a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze and more chopped basil.  Serve immediately.

I absolutely loved this salad!  It was the perfect way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend.  With all the tomato and basil bounty is just beginning, I know it’ll be on our table a lot this summer!

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4 comments:

  1. I remember vividly the caprese salad I had sitting in a sidewalk cafe in Bad Homburg just before leaving Germany for good. Mmmmmmmmmmm..........

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  2. Yay for happy caprese memories! Mine is the caprese salad we had nearly every night in Costa Rica on our honeymoon - first and last time Kory eagerly ate raw tomatoes :-)

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  3. YUM!! I seriously LOVE that HT balsamic glaze! One bottle lasts me and the hubby like a year! Sometime this summer you'll have to try doing exactly what you did here, but then baking it for a little bit. Mmmmm...ALSO I didn't comment on the crepe post but man I am jealous!!

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    1. Yea I think that bottle is probably close to a year old too! Thanks for the tip on baking it for a bit, I would never have thought to try that but I can just imagine how good it would be to get the mozzarella a little oozy...

      The crepes were great, but definitely an adventure! You wouldn't have been jealous if I'd posted a picture of what my kitchen looked like afterward :-)

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