Beautiful and Easy Summer Salad

Caprese Salad

Our garden is flourishing. Everything is green and red and wonderful. I love when August rolls around because that usually means two things for me – local corn and I can start enjoying my tomatoes. We are fortunate enough to be able to have some herbs, peppers and beans already – but I am always excited for the tomatoes. Which in itself is interesting, because other than my own, I don’t really like them.

Here’s what we enjoyed last night. A quick Caprese salad. I like this recipe because it isn’t really one. You’ll need:

  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh Mozzarella, slicedĀ  (Buffalo mozzarella is very creamy and delicious, if you can find it – I found this one at my local Metro)
  • Fresh basil leaves, whole
  • Flaked or Kosher salt (not regular table salt – the flavour won’t be the same)
  • Extra Virgin olive oil for drizzling

Buffalo Mozzarella

Slice and overlap the tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil leaves. Sprinkle with salt to taste and drizzle with olive oil. I forego the balsamic vinegar that is often classic with this dish because I feel the acidity of the tomatoes with the olive oil form a delightful dressing.

 

About 

From Ottawa, Ontario

My food roots are from the Caribbean. I have many memories of my mother's Bajan cooking and my father's Trinidadian Sunday morning cook-ups. I like to try to impart these flavours and influences in my own dishes.

My food style is simple, fresh, and has a flair of creativity, which I try and incorporate when creating my own recipes. I love trying more challenging fare, but can appreciate the simplicity in a humble, well balanced dish.

Some of my favourite culinary experiences to date include enjoying a traditional South African dinner in a Boma while on safari; eating shark & bake on Maracas Beach in Trinidad; devouring a plate of freshly caught crab in Punta Arenas, Chile; and enjoying a perfectly grilled steak over a campfire.

During my spare time, whether at home or around the world, I can be found at a local market sourcing out new ingredients, concocting fascinating new dishes in the kitchen, or trying new fare at local restaurants to add to my blog My Macaroni Pie.

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