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Summertime Farmers Market Caprese Salad – Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Cheese

Summertime is tomato time, and tomato time means Caprese Salad time! We are fortunate to live in an area with many farmers markets. In fact, I think there is one in every nearby city at least one day a week, if not two.

Nothing says summertime to me better than fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and cheese. This is good, because that’s almost every ingredient in a Caprese Salad.

So this Saturday, we went to the farmers market and picked up a couple heirloom tomatoes, one yellow and one purple reddish color. A quick stop at Trader Joes for some reasonably priced Mozzarella Cheese, and a stop in the backyard herb garden for some fresh and homegrown basil. I think that Jamie Oliver and the Food Revolution would approve of this dish.

Fresh Tomato Caprese Salad

Summertime Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Serves 2-4 :
2 summertime ripe farmers market heirloom tomatoes – or your own garden tomatoes would be an acceptable substitute
5-10 of the largest basil leaves you can find – Trader Joes is great for this too
4-8 oz of the best Mozzarella you can find
splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bonus points: Balsamic Vinegar
Optional additions:
Marinated and pitted Kalamata olives – usually comes in a jar – use as garnish and for color and zing

Minced fresh Oregano – sprinkle a bit over each slice

Method:
Slice tomatoes as thin or thick as you like. 1/8 to 1/4 inch is usually fine – I give mine a quick grind of sea salt while layering them in a ring – tomatoes and salt just go together so well

Slice fresh Mozzarella into the same thickness you sliced your tomatoes

You can either alternate the tomato, basil, and cheese slices in a straight line, or a ring around a plate works well too
You can also give a quick grind of pepper or two over your dish for a bit of extra zing!

If you want bonus points, now would be the time to drizzle your balsamic vinegar too, or instead of the olive oil – see what you like best!

Drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil on your ring or line of summertime tomato goodness and then you’re done

Serve now, or refrigerate if you are having a picnic or need to take this dish somewhere

If it takes you 30 min to make, then you’ve been drinking or you’re not sure which end of the knife to hold :O

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