Monday, July 20, 2015

Super Simple Summer Salad


My is it hot in my part of the world these days!  Not an unusual for this time of year, but we had a very mild beginning of summer and when those upper 90's to 100's hit, it was brutal.  My husband says I must be getting old, but what does he know?
It's hot, too hot for adding more heat in the house by cooking on some days.

The great thing is that tomatoes and basil don't mind the heat one bit.  The tomatoes are ripening daily and the basil is determined to bloom, which means it needs an almost daily trim as well.
An abundance of those two are the beginnings of a delicious no-cook lunch or side dish for a dinner of pasta or something cooked out on the grill where it's already hot.  This simple summer salad is a favorite of my youngest daughter, and a lovely, delicious thing to put together.

Caprese Salad 
The link above is to the recipe at The Pioneer Woman.  I love her website and this recipe, so I wanted to share it with you.

The photo below is a version of Caprese Salad that I make.
Same basic ingredients, but I use red and yellow cherry tomatoes cut in half and tiny fresh mozzarella balls rather than slicing tomatoes and mozzarella.  I also chop the basil and then toss it all with olive oil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, then season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Add some croutons or a good Italian bread and lunch is served!


Do you have a favorite summer recipe?
I'd love to read it because I'm continually adding to my Recipe Pile!
Leave a link to your recipe post in the comments section below.

Happy Herbal Summer,

Catherine Ann

1 comment:

  1. This is one of our favorite salads. When we lived in Italy we would get fresh buffalo cheese to use! Your post brought back a fond memory! Thank you.

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