Thursday, August 5, 2010

Caprese Side Salad

I have an abundance of tomatoes from my garden and basil growing in my herb pot...that just begs for a caprese salad!

Ingredients
about 2-3 cups of chopped ripe tomatoes
1-2 tbsp of good balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 stick of string cheese sliced into 1/4" rounds (or some cubed mozzarella)
a handful of fresh basil
salt/pepper

Chop the tomatoes roughly and sprinkle them with salt. Toss.

Tear the basil into small pieces (the tearing process really releases the essential oils of the basil)

Toss the basil into the tomatoes, add the balsamic, olive oil and season with a bit of black pepper.

Let it sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes so the juices come out and the flavors meld.

Serve as a side dish or over some lettuce, chicken, pasta...it's pretty much great on anything or just on it's own. 


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