May 18, 2011

Summer Caprese Salad (SSG Idea #14)

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One of my favorite lovely ladies is in the house this morning to share a mouthwatering summertime recipe with us! I’ll turn it right over to Ms. Lara!
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Hi Positively Splendid readers! I am so excited to be invited back to participate in Amy’s awesome Summer Survival Guide!

I’m Eliie G. And I blog at Less Cake {more frosting} I do adore frosting. But I also love making fun things. And I completely ADORE summer. I live in a fairly cold climate. And I get so excited when summer starts coming.

There are lots of things that signal summer. Capri pants. Swimming Pools. Sno Cones. Watermelon. Late nights. Warm breezes. Walks. Sweat dripping down the backs of your knees….wait….was that one TMI? Whatever. I love that feeling. It means it’s SUMMERTIME!

One of the things that signals summer to me is the annual planting of the Basil plants. I completely DO NOT have a green thumb. Totally not.

But I can, at least, figure out how to cultivate Basil plants every summer. Mostly because I love it. And I HATE paying for it at the store. And I LOVE using it as much as possible all summer long.

The best companions for Basil are most definitely the combo of tomatoes and fresh Mozzarella. I WISH I grew my own tomatoes as well. But I haven’t been able to tackle that yet. I do, like the roma tomatoes on the vine though. Closest to home grown I can find.

Fresh Mozzarella is DE-LIGHT-FUL! If you’re unfamiliar with it, make sure you’re getting the “fresh” stuff. It’s squishy, and usually has some liquid around it. It can get pricey.

I get my fresh Mozzarella at Costco. It comes in two separately packaged “logs” and it’s definitely the best deal I have found.

Last summer, I shared my favorite Caprese Sandwiches that I make all summer with my Basil/Tomato/Mozz combo. This time I want to share another favorite. This one comes straight from my Mother-in-Law’s kitchen. Not that she made it up, really, but she did teach me how to make it.

  • Cut up your basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella. Whatever amounts you’d like. I like pretty equal amounts of cheese and tomatoes. And I REALLY like Basil. So I throw quite a bit in there. Chopped coarsely.

  • Take your fresh mixture, and add a couple Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I don’t do a lot, for health sake. And I also don’t like it too oily.
  • Then add Balsamic Vinegar, to taste. Again, depending on how much you like. Start with a Teaspoon or so, and go from there. You can always add more.
  • Then add salt and pepper, just a bit.

It is best if you can refrigerate it for an hour or so, so the flavors combine. But that’s not entirely necessary.

To serve, I like to get small baguette bread and slice it into thin slices. Then I brush it with Olive Oil and bake it at 450 for about 5 minutes. This crisps up the bread so it doesn’t absorb too much of the juices. You can also serve it with tortilla chips.

Oh man! That just looks like summer to me! I just can’t wait for the rest of summer to come. Especially the sweaty knees. Yay!

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Oh my word – does that look good! Thank you so much to Lara for stopping in to share it with us!
Y’all would be remiss not to head right over to Lara’s place to pay her a visit. You will be hooked from the very first post, hook, line and sinker!

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P.S. I’ve got a fun little project to share with y’all later today (along with a details of a great Silhouette deal going on right now), so don’t forget to stop back in!

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7 Responses to Summer Caprese Salad (SSG Idea #14)

  1. KJ@letsgoflyakite May 18, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Caprese salad is a summer staple in our home too!

  2. Kelli @ RTSM May 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Yum! I don’t think I’ve ever bought fresh mozzarella before, but now it is on my shopping list:)

  3. ellie g May 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Thanks so much for letting me stop by and share, Amy. I’ve made it FAIRLY clear how much I ADORE you. Right? I have your I {heart} U questions ready to go up in a post today. So that will coordinate super nicely! Yay! We traded! So glad baby is doing well. Love ya!

  4. Kari May 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    This looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

  5. Finding Charm May 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    This is a favorite salad for me as well!

  6. kiki comin May 19, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    yum. i have to try this!:)

  7. Ginger June 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    I have always bought this pre-made from a store but I have been dying to try and make it myself. After reading this post I am going to have to I think. It looks delicious! I will be pinning this for the future aka tomorrow, lol.

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