Caprese Salad: A Perfect Summer Snack

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Fresh Basil! Right outside our back door!

Click here for the complete recipe from the Recipe from Pioneer Woman.

It’s too hot to cook in Tampa and we are hungry for a taste of summer now!  With this recipe, it’s as easy as 1-2-3-4!  I grab some fresh Basil from my herb garden, a few Heirloom tomatoes, the balsamic vinegar and some fresh mozzarella.  In a few minutes, we will have the amazing fresh taste of Italy, right here in our kitchen in Florida!

The Heirloom tomatoes are key to this Caprese Salad.  I like to pick different colors to add texture to the platter.  Did you know the different colors means different flavors? Read this article to learn more:

I slice the tomatoes about a half an inch thick.


After I slice the tomatoes, I quickly whip up some balsamic reduction to drizzle over it.  I pour about a half a cup of balsamic vinegar into a sauce pan and put it on medium.  I stir. I stir again.  And again and again.  As it starts to reduce a good bit, I pull it off the burner and stir a bit more.

I pour it on a plate so it’s easy to drizzle.  Lick the spoon – it’s so good!


While it is cooking, reducing it takes about 7 minutes, I cut up the mozzarella slices.  I do these about a half an inch thick as well.  I cheat: I buy the sliced mozzarella so it’s an even easier.

I lay out the tomatoes, varying the colors.


I love tomatoes, especially with some sea salt, but I contain myself and move on by adding the basil leaves.  The basil is growing like a weed this summer for me in Florida so I have plenty of it!


After the basil leaves are arranged, I add the mozzarella.

I grab the Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and liberally drizzle some of it on the Caprese Salad.  Round Pond, made in Napa, California, is the BEST olive oil!  Check out their website by clicking hereIMG_7091After the olive oil is drizzled, I then drizzle on the balsamic reduction. It’s easy to make it look like a chef did it by using a spoon.IMG_7095Sprinkle a little sea salt on the dish and it’s ready to eat!  It takes about 12 minutes to make, literally start to finish!


Pair it with some fresh slices of avocado, brie and crackers, and fresh fruit and we are ready for our company!IMG_7098One more look at the Caprese Salad close up.  It’s hard to believe something so easy to make, tastes so good!  Enjoy!


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