One of my favorite summer salads is a Caprese salad. It’s such simple salad with only five ingredients – tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. But it seems to taste so much better when the ingredients are fresh and in season.
A lot of times instead of making the full salad, I will make Caprese Bites. These are great for a side dish to actually replace your salad as well as an appetizer.
Normally, all of the ingredients come from the grocery store. But it’s summer… and I picked up some heirloom cherry tomatoes at our local Farmer’s Market this past weekend. They were incredibly juicy and bursting with flavor. I’ve also started a small herb garden. And my basil is doing really well at the moment.
10 heirloom cherry tomatoes
10 basil leaves
10 pieces of bocconcini mozzarella
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
Wash and dry the tomatoes and basil.
Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
Lay mozzarella balls on paper towel and pat dry.
To assemble: Place one half of a tomato onto a toothpick and top with one basil leaf and one piece of mozzarella cheese, then tread basil leaf over mozzarella. Top with the other half of the tomato. Repeat until you have ten caprese bites.
In a small bowl whisk together balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Drizzle over caprese bites. You can also serve balsamic olive oil in a small dipping bowl.
Do you like caprese salad? How do you like to fix it? Please share your tricks in the comments below. I would love to hear your secrets.
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