I love all types of salads. Not just for health reasons but because you can put anything or everything in them. I have been known to overload mine where they are no longer considered diet fare. Did you ever hear the Bud Light Real Men of Genius commercials on the radio? “Here’s to you Mr Giant Taco Salad Inventor. Who else could manage to put 12,000 calories in a salad and call it healthy?” Well, yes, that could be me. However, when it comes to classic salads, the Caprese salad is my favorite.
In a few months, I will be able to pick the tomatoes right out of my garden. Have you ever had a Jersey tomato? They are the best, hands down! Paired with basil, some fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of dressing, you just can’t beat it. Oh, and don’t forget the sea salt. For the salad in the picture, I used some red Hawaiian Sea salt which I purchased at Trader Joe’s. It gives the salad a nice little crunch. This is my go to dish for every summer barbecue. So do yourself a favor and make some this summer. Please also listen to the Mr Giant Taco Salad Inventor commercial. (Just click on the link and make sure your speaker is turned on.) You will crack up!
Easy Caprese Salad
2 medium sized vine-ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 LB fresh mozzarella, cut in 1/4 thick slices
a pinch of sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
a handful of fresh chopped basil
extra virgin olive oil
Layer slices of tomatoes and mozzarella on a large, shallow platter. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the chopped basil on top. Drizzle the salad with the olive oil and vinegar.