Summer is getting closer! That means lots of fresh garden tomatoes and amazing salads. Tomatoes are the essence of summer and can accompany so many dishes. Even though the weather up here is just starting to reach 60o, I couldn’t resist the grape tomatoes at the grocery store today. I had some fresh mozzarella cheese left over from pizza night, so the only proper way I could think to use these ingredients was in a fresh caprese salad. The simplicity of this salad makes it so beautiful to look at and eat.
Chopped Caprese Salad
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons basil
salt & pepper
Simply mix all of the ingredients listed above and season to taste with salt and pepper. It is best if you can make this 10-20 minutes before serving to allow for the flavors to meld together.
1) Fresh basil is best, but I used dried basil for this recipe b/c it is what I had on hand
2) The recipe measurements above can just be used as a guide. The recipe above will serve 2 people, but if you want more or less adjust it to your taste.
3.) If you don't have grape tomatoes on hand, use any kind of tomato you have.