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deconstructed caprese salad

June 10, 2011

Recipe week taught me a lot. Mainly that I eat a lot of unblog-worthy food. Yogurt messes for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and usually a boring dinner. Throw in a Think Thin Bar or some fruit and my days are completely unnotable. I blame this on productivity. You see every Sunday Keith and I do the weekly food prep. We wash and chop all our vegetables, we grill several pieces of salmon, cod or mahi mahi, chicken breasts and thighs and I make some easy salads. Like this or this. So then during the week nights it easy for us to throw together a salad with chicken or eat salmon with a quick side dish. While this may be super simple and easy for us it leaves me with not really much to share on the food front. Whew, good thing I’m not a food blogger (said as she wipes her brow in relief).

But I do have one last one to share with you this week. And yes, on my blog a week is only Monday thru Friday. I can’t imagine posting 7 recipes in one week. Who do think I am? Her? 🙂

Deconstructed Caprese Salad

2-3 tomatoes

slices of fresh mozzarella

fresh basil

fresh cracked pepper

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

Thinly slice the tomatoes and layer them on a platter. Place sliced mozzarella on top of tomatoes. Sprinkle with fresh basil and cracker pepper. Then drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

I love this recipe because it is impressive enough to serve at a party or casual enough to eat on a weeknight along side the grilled chicken we have. 🙂 And it gets better with time and taste equally as good the next day for leftovers. Now that is my kind of recipe.

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  1. June 10, 2011 8:31 am

    I went to a focus group yesterday for the catering company in my office building (all they had to do was say “free lunch”!). Anyway, I’m not a huge fan of caprese salad (it’s a texture thing with tomato slices), but I bet you would have LOVED the salad. They threw in a green tomato slice or two with the red. Definitely an interesting way to switch it up…

  2. kelli young permalink
    June 10, 2011 9:18 am

    I love caprese salad, I could eat it everyday I think. I picked 13 tomatos yesterday, now I know what I’m doing with a few of them!

    • June 10, 2011 9:38 am

      Kelli….I’ve also made it with cherry tomatoes and little mozzarella balls. You can make little skewers. Just thread a cherry tomato, a basil leaf and a mozzarella ball. Then just drizzle evoo and balsamic over the tops. Really good!!

  3. June 10, 2011 10:01 am

    That looks AWESOME! Caprese salad is one of my favorites- I always order it at restaurants if they have it. But, it would be nice to find a good recipe (like YOURS!!) & make it at home 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!! & THANK YOU for all of your sweet words about the wedding 🙂

    • June 10, 2011 10:46 am

      No thanks for sharing your wedding with us! Everything looked gorgeous!!

  4. June 10, 2011 10:01 am

    This salad looks so fresh and delicious!

    I’m happy if I make one new recipe each week — so much of my food is unblogworthy too — but sometimes I show pics of it anyway.

  5. June 10, 2011 10:35 am

    Caprese salad is probably the best thing ever. Tomato and basil were pretty much meant to be together, but then you add cheese to it and its almost not fair how good it is. Almost.

  6. June 10, 2011 10:38 am

    I adore caprese salads. I recently made Jessica from How Sweet Eat’s Creamy Caprese pasta and it was awesome! Have you tried it!?

    • June 10, 2011 10:42 am

      I haven’t made that pasta salad…the problem with Jessica is that everything she makes is amazing and I have a list about a mile long her only her recipes to try. Guess I need to add that one on! haha!

  7. June 10, 2011 11:01 am

    I’m growing my own tomatoes this year and this is one of the recipes I can’t wait to make!! Anything topped with cheese is right up my alley 🙂

  8. June 10, 2011 11:33 am

    Sometimes I bore myself to tears with the food I eat…it gets repetitive. This caprese salad looks awesome – I hope the tomatoes and basil in my garden give me plenty of stuff to work with this summer!

    • June 10, 2011 12:42 pm

      My eats are repetitive too…but that is just because I know what I like and what works for me..you know? And I always think your eats look good…clif bar diet and all! 😉

  9. June 10, 2011 12:03 pm

    I love caprese salads! they can never not taste good! 🙂 and you know what? sometimes, the simple ingredients are what win our hearts over I think.

  10. June 10, 2011 12:19 pm

    YUM. I don’t even like tomatoes but I would eat them if this were put in front of me!

    I’m with you on the “unblog-worthy” food – sometimes I go to take a picture and I’m like “I don’t even want to look at this, what’s going to make my readers want to look at it?!” Haha. I always try to make cooking challenges for myself but I suck at keeping up with them. Maybe it’s time to re-commit 🙂

  11. June 10, 2011 12:32 pm

    I love caprese anything! It is one of my favorite flavor combos! 🙂

  12. June 10, 2011 1:13 pm

    I was IN LOVE with this salad last summer. I woke up one morning wanting it, then couldn’t get enough. I think I went through a lot of mozzarella one week hahah…because how can you resist the taste of it? It’s like eating a cloud…not that I would know what that tastes like, but I imagine heavenly haha

  13. June 10, 2011 1:44 pm

    This looks so refreshing. I’ve never had a Caprese salad…well, technically – I eat tomatoes in salads with cheese – that counts right? 😉

    Looks like a simple dish to make for an nice summer BBQ.

  14. June 10, 2011 3:07 pm

    This looks so simple and delicious! Perfect summer food.

  15. June 10, 2011 4:59 pm

    Most of my food is either unblogworthy or would have been blogworthy just the first time…but I’m a creature of habit! My husband would LOVE this caprese salad, mmm, looks delish!

  16. June 10, 2011 5:43 pm

    My food is mostly unblogworthy as well! I love simple things that I often eat every day. That salad looks great!!

  17. June 10, 2011 7:01 pm

    So simple, but caprese salad is always so good. I agree, it definitely gets better with time!

  18. June 10, 2011 9:38 pm

    Take away the tomato and I’m sold – ha!

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