Monday, June 18, 2012

Caprese Salad

Nothing says summer like a Caprese Salad, and it couldn't be easier to put together with just a few ingredients.  So celebrate summer and whip one up today.  :)

2 medium sized, fresh tomatoes, sliced
1 8oz. ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
2 tablespoons pesto (jarred or use the following recipe if you've got
some basil to use up)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
fresh basil chiffonade
salt and pepper

Mix balsamic vinegar with pesto.  Fan tomato and mozzarella slices on a plate as illustrated above.   Drizzle pesto vinegar mix over the tomatoes and mozzarella, and top with fresh basil.  Salt and pepper to taste. 

Basil Pesto
2 cups fresh basil
¾ cups olive oil
½ cup grated parmigiano reggiano
½ cup pine nuts
1-2 cloves minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and dry basil leaves, and toss all ingredients into food processor, and let her rip. There you have it. I like to have some pieces of pine nuts that are big enough to be recognizable, and add some more texture, so I leave some out of the food processor, and just lightly crush them, and add them to the processed ingredients.

No comments: