♩♫♪♩You say tomato and I say tomato. ♩♫♪♩You say basil and I say…uh…basil. Tomato ♫ tomato, basil, ♬ mozarella. ♩♫♩♩♫ Let’s make a caprese salad!
How many of you just sang along with me? I wanted to sing that song at my wedding reception to the Hubs, but I chickened out. It was a bit of a theme song for our relationship pre-marriage. Wow, did it ever take us a long time to get to the altar! Did you know that we were engaged once, but I broke off our engagement? Yeah, I’ll have to tell you our love story someday. It’s a good one filled with lots of drama. But not today. Because today….we’re continuing our series of “beat the heat” by making a lovely no-cook meal together. (If you missed yesterday, I showed you how to make “no cook” hair. Ew. Let me rephrase that. I showed you how to make yourself beautiful without using heat styling on your hair.)
Caprese salad is light, refreshing, beautiful, and easy. What more can you ask for from a meal? Here is what you do. Gather your homegrown, market, grocery store tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella. I prefer to use the mozzarella pearls rather than the big chunk simply because it turns out prettier with cherry tomatoes.
Then do the same with your cheese and basil. Tip: I use scissors to snip my herbs. I find that it goes faster and doesn’t bruise the leaves.
Go Italy! No wonder they use these colors for their flag. Gorgeous!
(Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about…)
Mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Amounts are up to you. I like a lot of salt, so I use sea salt because it’s courser and just makes me feel fancy. I also must be losing my mind because I bought THREE various containers of sea salt on three separate shopping trips, all within a few weeks of each other and forgot each time that I already had purchased some. Uh…yeah. I need to get more sleep or start taking gingko biloba or whatever the latest memory herb is out there.
Next, place all of your chopped goodness in a bowl and drizzle on your dressing. Mix gently and serve! You can make this in the morning and serve later in the day if you like a colder more combined taste.
With a side of crusty bread and a glass of white wine this makes for one fantastically fresh and lovely meal. It’s also a very simple and surprisingly different salad to bring to a gathering. Enjoy and stay cool!
Okay, one bite for you before you go… Good eh?
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