Trying to put a new twist on an old classic like Caprese Salad feels like I’m shoving a square peg in a round hole. It’s awkward, I feel silly and I can feel you watching me.
The good news is that this salad is practically fool-proof and delicious. And quick. And your kids may or may not want to steal it from you. I’m hoping not because that would be sad for you.
To make a classic Caprese Salad, all we need are some ripe tomatoes (preferably homegrown), mozzarella cheese, a little basil and some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. And it’s so pretty.
This salad is more photogenic than I am.
Classic Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze
3-4 medium-sized tomatoes
8 – 12 oz ball of Mozzarella cheese
Balsamic Glaze or Reduction
Salt & Pepper to taste
Slice the tomatoes into decently thick slices. Do the same with your mozzarella cheese. Lay them out all pretty like.
If you’d like to make your own balsamic glaze, you could make a reduction. You’ll just want to take about 2 cups of Balsamic Vinegar and bring it to a light boil. Watch it the entire time, when it begins to thicken, pull it off and let it cool. Make a little or make a lot and save it for another meal. Yummo.
If you’re not into reducing your balsamic yourself, this glaze will do the trick – and it will last and last and you’ll love it.
I like to alternate the tomato with the cheese, the tomato with the cheese. Drizzle your olive oil over your salad perfection, along with some of the balsamic glaze or reduction. Lay your basil leaves out and drizzle just a bit more balsamic. Salt and pepper to taste – I like using Kosher salt and Black peppercorns.
Gives the salad the swift kick in the pants it needs.
Now eat it up!
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