This classic Caprese Salad is something I serve again and again. It's my favorite summer side dish. I just can't seem to stop eating the NJ tomatoes!
Jersey tomatoes are here and I am in heaven. How do I like my tomatoes? They are so good eaten with just a bit of sea salt but let me count the ways. I like tomato sandwiches, pasta salads with tomatoes and tomatoes in my pie!
The Caprese salad has always been a simple favorite of mine. I make this various ways but this one is simple, easy and good! I love fresh Jersey tomatoes in many forms especially when they come from a NJ farm or my garden.
Local NJ Tomatoes
I grow some of my own tomatoes and also get them from my CSA but those come later in the season. I have been frequenting the Collingswood Farmers Market where I have been finding some gorgeous tomatoes. These heirloom ones are from Savoie Organic Farms but I have also purchased some from Springdale Farms and Fruitwood Farms this season. There are so many NJ tomato vendors at the market and they all carry delcious tomatoes!
Fresh basil is wonderful to have in my garden. Early in the season I bought a few plants from the market so now I can pick basil for my Caprese salad whenever I want to.
Another thing I love is balsamic glaze. I have gotten into the habit of putting it on everything. Move over ketchup as this works well on sandwiches, roasted veggies, salads, chicken and fish. I can't get enough of the stuff and I always grab a few inexpensive bottles at Trader Joes.
Simple Caprese Salad Skewers
This salad is great to serve when you have company. The colors make it a pretty dish yet it is so easy to put together. You could also use grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls and put them on skewers then drizzle with the balsamic glaze. This is a great way to serve Caprese salad at a cocktail party.
So go ahead and get some fresh local tomatoes and basil. Make this salad. Then ask someone to pass the balsamic.
Simple Balsamic Glazed Caprese Salad
- 2 medium size ripe tomatoes sliced
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
- 6 fresh basil leaves chopped
- 2 to 3 TBS balsamic glaze
- salt to taste
- Arrange a plate with the sliced tomatoes and top with cheese slices.
- Garnish with the basil and drizzle the balsamic glaze over the plate.
- Season with salt to taste.