Caprese Salad

I get a little giddy every time tomato season hits. During most of the year, tomatoes still remain a staple of my everyday cooking but I look at them with less of a loving eye. They don’t come close to what what they taste like at this time of year and often feel bland and uninteresting. Plump, heirloom tomatoes at their peak are a whole different story – they can happily be enjoyed .with a simple drizzle of good olive oil, some fleur de sel and a few speckles of cracked black pepper only, and I often just snack on them with a few speckles of salt.

During the wintertime, produce has to be cajoled a little more to be turned into a warm, comforting meal – but we have it easy when tomatoes taste this good. They are the undeniable star of the show. This simple salad – my all-time favourite – is made nestling milky buffalo mozarella with thin, meaty tomato slices. These gorgeous, uneven gems were purchased from the farmers’ market a Liberty Village and surely didn’t disappoint. I added some fresh basil leaves (picked from our very own urban garden/balcony!) and a few salty, cured olives. I really can’t think of a better summer lunch and I know I will be eying this photo with envy in a few weeks from now.

Caprese Salad
2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1/2 buffalo mozarella ball, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
2 tbsp olives
A small handful of fresh basil leaves

Arrange the tomatoes and mozarella in a platter. Season with oil, salt and pepper. Garnish with olives and basil.Enjoy!

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16 Comments on Caprese Salad

  1. yummychunklet
    August 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Ah, caprese salad. Always a favorite!

  2. Spicegirlfla
    August 28, 2012 at 10:49 am (6 years ago)

    It doesn’t matter how many times I see a caprese salad, I’m always excited! Just a perfect favorite summertime salad, simply classy!

  3. Suzanne Perazzini
    August 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm (6 years ago)

    There are quite a few caprese salads around the blogs at the moment and I would devour every single one.

  4. Dining Alone
    August 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love that caprese salad and I would add a little prosciutto 🙂

  5. Susan
    August 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Wonderful treatment of a classic!

  6. Chocolate Shavings
    August 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Susan: Thank you! Sometimes there’s nothing better than keeping it simple.

  7. Frank @ Kraemers Culinary Blog
    August 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Jenn, I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award on my blog, because Chocolate Shavings is one of my favorites. If you wish to pick up the award, please come visit my blog.

  8. Chocolate Shavings
    August 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Frank @ Kraemers Culinary Blog: Thank you for the nomination!

  9. frost
    August 31, 2012 at 5:57 am (6 years ago)

    that looks good.=]

  10. kale
    August 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Those tomatoes are gorgeous! This is one of my favorite salads. Simple, fresh ingredients just sing!

  11. Foodycat
    September 1, 2012 at 5:19 am (6 years ago)

    I love caprese salad. You got such lovely tomatoes for it!

  12. Julie
    September 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm (6 years ago)

    looks colorful & delicious!!
    Thanx for dropping by my space & leaving your sweet comments:)

  13. meigancam01
    October 18, 2012 at 11:05 am (5 years ago)

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