So I mentioned in my post Simple Butter Parsley Potatoes, that I made three side dishes to take to my father-in-law’s house on Father’s Day. This was one of those sides and I must say that it was well received.
I think the person who liked this one the most was my stepson, Marc. I watched him as he grabbed the cut up Italian bread and made mini sandwiches with the Caprese salad. I had to laugh because when I make sandwiches for him to take to school, one of his favorites, if not his # 1 favorite, is Italian bread, smeared with pesto sauce and then layered with tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, fresh basil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper……so he was basically making the same sandwich using the Caprese salad on bread minus the pesto. Ya gotta admit, the boy is consistent.
You know that old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?” Well, I think this works for the stepmom/stepson relationship too. It makes me smile.
One of the things that I love about this salad is how quickly it comes together. Wash, slice, drizzle and out the door!
Does your family enjoy this too?
Here’s the printable.
- 6 tomatoes (I use vine ripened or beefsteak)
- 1 large round of fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1 handful (10 or so fresh basil leaves)
- drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- drizzle of balsamic vinegar
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Slice the tomato into thicker slices, about ¼ inch thick.
- Slice the mozzarella cheese to be roughly the same thickness.
- Layer the slices on a plate or platter, alternating the tomato and mozzarella.
- Drizzle on the olive oil and vinegar.
- Salt and pepper to taste.