Caprese Salad

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Okay, on to the food!! Caprese style food (Capri is an island in Italy) usually consists of some sort of tomato basil concoction. This happens to be a favorite combo of mine.  I’ve found over the years that the best Italian food is often the simplest and uses only really fresh ingredients.  This dish is light, and packed with flavah!  It’s also perfect for when unexpected guests pop in because it’s so easy to prepare. Here’s one of my go-to appetizers.

You’ll need:

fresh mozzarella

fresh basil

small cherry or grape tomatoes

extra virgin olive oil

balsamic vinegar

garlic powder

salt

pepper

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I prefer to use the small balls of mozzarella, but I only had one large ball on this particular evening. No worries if the large mozzarella is the only one that is available, just cut it into tiny bite-size pieces and put them into a serving bowl.

Next, slice your fresh basil leaves chiffonade style.  This is just a fancy way of saying really thin, ribbon-like slices. This is the way I’ve found to be the easiest.  Take a few basil leaves and place them on top of each other.

Roll them up into a tube.

Slice as thinly as possible, then put into the bowl.

Next, slice tomatoes in half and put them into the bowl also.

Add a sprinkle of garlic powder, salt and pepper, then a generous drizzle of olive oil & balsamic!

**kisses thumb, middle & index fingers**

MMMM!  I like this refrigerated so it’s really cold.

What’s your favorite “OMG is that the doorbell?!” appetizer?  Post up a link if you have it!

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7 responses to “Caprese Salad

  1. YUMM!! I’ll be making this asap 🙂

  2. Oh now this is my kind of salad!! Looks delicious. I hope you will come back and visit my blog again.

  3. Cheeze whiz on crackers? I kid!!!

    With a little bit of notice, cut up roasted beets that you placed atop of crostini topped with goat cheese. So good!

  4. Oops… forgot to include… you also can put in 1/2 a graph or cherry tomato… I have done both and both ways taste good. 🙂

  5. This is so easy but always gets complimented and gobbled up…

    Prosciutto wrapped bocconcini

    Ingredients:
    High quality prosciutto very thinly sliced
    Medium sized bocconcini (or cut into approx 1.5 inch pieces)
    Basil
    Toothpicks

    Wrap a piece of basil around the bocconcini (about half of the cheese should be covered) then wrap with the prosciutto (one long slice)… use the toothpick to secure.

  6. Looks delish! my omg app is…..BROWNIES!!! HAHAHA!

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