Caprese Salad

Delicious and healthy salad for summer! I love caprese salad! The perfect salad for a BBQ!

Yesterday when we were at Walmart, I almost *almost* bought some tomato plants. Fresh homegrown tomatoes are like candy to me. My grandma had a phenomenal garden since I can remember and her tomatoes were ahhhh-mazing. It could make any tomato hater into a tomato lover.

So, what stopped me from getting the tomato plants? I kill all plants I buy. It’s unfortunate, but true. If I happen to purchase some plants, they scream silently for weeks and somehow mysteriously die a slow and painful death, even though I give them all the water, love and sunshine they could possibly need.

I need to hire a master gardener to teach me their ways slash teach me everything I’m doing wrong because clearly I’m not cut out for this.

Anyways, I bought some baby heirloom tomatoes at the grocery store {who purchased them from farmers who actually know how to grow things} and made this Caprese Salad that you see before you. It’s very similar to this caprese salad I made two years ago, but minus all the lettuce. And since we’re on the topic of caprese salads, this watermelon version is also incredible. I also craved caprese ANYTHING nonstop during my first trimester when I was carrying Eddie.

I think it’s safe to say I like caprese salad.

Delicious and healthy salad for summer! I love caprese salad! The perfect salad for a BBQ!

Delicious and healthy salad for summer! I love caprese salad! The perfect salad for a BBQ!

Delicious and healthy salad for summer! I love caprese salad! The perfect salad for a BBQ!

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Caprese Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Bocconcini, drained, patted dry and halved {baby mozzarella balls}
  • 2 lb. colorful heirloom tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 15 large basil leaves, torn into large pieces
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • for the dressing:
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 4 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place tomatoes, bocconcini, basil and pepper.
  2. Measure all ingredients for dressing into small jar with tight fitting lid. Shake and drizzle over salad. Toss if desired. Serve immediately.

Delicious and healthy salad for summer! I love caprese salad! The perfect salad for a BBQ!

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  1. Looks so refreshing and delicious! Growing up, my dad always grew tomatoes in the summer. Once you’ve had home-grown tomatoes its hard buying them in the produce section. So good!

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  2. Hi, Lauren ! Don’t over water your tomato plants.. They seem to like consistency in watering. Too much and they get overwhelmed. I grow mine in a 5 gallon container do I can control the amount of water I have to use . They love rain water so catch some in a rain barrel or any container when it rains. If you use Miracle grow, only use daily to water until blooms form then just water. There are formulas you can make up to use for organic use. Use tomato cages to support your plants. I lose blooms sometimes because we are so windy in South Texas, so I put them in a sunny protected spot in my back yard. Containers let you move your plants to a spot where they will thrive.

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  3. What kind of balsamic vinegar do you recommend. I can’t seem to find the good stuff at my local store.

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  4. My absolure favorite dressing to put on caprese salad. This dish was a huge success, even for my picky eaters, at a party earlier this year. They asked for the recipe and I passed it on for you. 😀

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  5. I cannot make a caprese salad any other way. It’s absolutely brilliant! Love it! Thank you!

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