Blog: The Senior's Advocate
Posted on: Jul 10, 2013
So now you have a supply of delicious garden goodies, but what to make? A great side, lunch or even light meal that utilizes primarily fresh-from-the-garden veggies is Caprese salad. It is a classic Italian dish, native to the island of Capri.
This dish doesn’t require specific measurements, if you’re making it for a group of 4-6 I’d say somewhere around 6 tomatoes should suffice (depending on their size).
What you will need to prepare it:
Fresh tomatoes (preferably Roma)
Large Handful of Fresh Basil, chiffoned (which is a fancy way of saying rolled and cut into ribbons)
Fresh Mozzarella (for a twist, try smoked mozzarella)
Balsamic Vinegar (approx. 1 tablespoon, more or less to taste)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (approx. 1 tablespoon, more or less to taste)
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Step One. Prepare Ingredients. Slice tomatoes about an eighth of an inch thick. They should be able to stand up to a dressing, but easy to cut with the side of a fork. Slice the mozzarella into the same size pieces, this adds to the eye appeal and texture of the dish. Next, lay a stack of basil leaves on top of each other and roll them tightly lengthwise, then chop roughly. When the basil is cut and unrolled it will look like long basil ribbons.
Step Two. Assemble. On a nice platter or dish, layer the tomatoes and mozzarella, alternating and giving them the “scalloped” look (as in the photo above). Sprinkle with the basil ribbons- make it look pretty! Cooking is an art form after all. Next, steadily drizzle olive oil over the entire dish, then the balsamic vinegar. Top with salt and pepper, to taste.
Step Three. ENJOY! Food tastes much better when it’s freshly grown and prepared. Enjoy this snack as a reward for your gardening efforts! Not only is this one an easy-to-make crowd pleaser, but it’s also healthy.