Caprese Salad

I love this salad!  And if you love tomatoes, you will too.  It is so easy to make, and It is a great way for me to use the basil I am growing in my herb garden, which happens to be next to my back door.  If you didn’t grow any herbs this year, I highly recommend adding them to your gardening plans for next year.  In my garden I planted thyme, basil, oregano, chives, rosemary, mint, and cilantro. I mixed three to four plants in each planter.  Then I enjoyed watching them grow. They are easy to cut for recipes and it is very convenient having them close to my back door.  For this recipe I cut some of the basil to make this fresh and delicious salad. 

herbs My cat Mr. Big wanted to get in the picture.

herbs 2Now get out some tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese and let’s get started.

tomatoesBegin with a bowl of cherry tomatoes I used around 50 (16 oz. container) that you have rinsed.  

mozzerella cheeseAdd in 8 oz. of fresh mozzarella pearls and break them apart.

tomatoes and cheeseMix them together and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Then wash a few pieces of basil and add them to the salad.basilNow you can set the salad to the side and start making the dressing.  Mix 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup of olive oil in a bowl.

vinegar and oilAfter mixing the balsamic vinegar and the olive oil in a bowl, you can garnish each serving with the desired amount of dressing.

dressingNow you have a fresh and light salad to enjoy this summer.  

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Caprese Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 50 cherry tomatoes (16 oz. container)
  2. 8 oz. package mozzarella pearls
  3. A few pieces of fresh basil
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  6. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  7. 1/4 cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Begin with a bowl of cherry tomatoes I used around 50 (16 oz. container) that you have rinsed. Add in 8 oz. of fresh mozzarella pearls and break them apart. Mix them together and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Then wash a few pieces of basil and add them to the salad. Now you can set the salad to the side and start making the dressing. Mix 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup of olive oil in a bowl. After mixing the balsamic vinegar and the olive oil in a bowl, you can garnish each serving with the desired amount of dressing.
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