Tossed Caprese Salad

This is my very favorite summer salad.  It’s so incredibly easy and I don’t think I
could ever get tired of eating it.

Caprese Insalata literally means the salad in the style of Capri and it
traditionally is served with sliced fresh mozzarella and sliced tomatoes with
fresh basil and all those ingredients are essential but to serve this to a
large group the prettily arranged salad takes up a lot of table or buffet space
not to mention the fact that when the salad is made with alternating slices of
tomatoes and cheese the amount of cheese per serving is often higher in calories
than I’m hoping for.  By chopping and tossing the ingredients, you can get all the great taste and flavor without using quite as much cheese.  This salad is so
simple but the quality of the ingredients is what makes it.  Using a good quality of olive oil and balsamic vinegar really make this salad.

Today I’m using the most amazing olive oil, Katie and Andrew
adopted an olive tree for Craig and I last Christmas and we received our first
shipment last week.  It is so delicious. Check out the Nudo website, you may want to find a tree of your own.

4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, diced

3 medium tomatoes, diced

15 or so fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

Toss all ingredients in a pretty bowl, season with salt if
desired and enjoy!

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  1. katie mc

    YUM!! that looks so good! any recommendations on a good balsamic vinegar? i dont like the one i have.

    • I really love a brand called Napa Valley Harvest
      Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar
      It’s an Italian Balsamic but bottled in Napa and I have been buying it for the last couple of years at TJMaxx in the gourmet food section. My current bottle is priced at 6.99 for 8 oz. I have also had good luck with the higher end balsamic vinegars at Trader Joes (also a great place to buy great olive oil)

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