Monday, August 27, 2012

Caprese Salad

I get a little giddy every time tomato season hits. During most of the year, tomatoes still remain a staple of my everyday cooking but I look at them with less of a loving eye. They don't come close to what what they taste like at this time of year and often feel bland and uninteresting. Plump, heirloom tomatoes at their peak are a whole different story - they can happily be enjoyed .with a simple drizzle of good olive oil, some fleur de sel and a few speckles of cracked black pepper only, and I often just snack on them with a few speckles of salt.


During the wintertime, produce has to be cajoled a little more to be turned into a warm, comforting meal - but we have it easy when tomatoes taste this good. They are the undeniable star of the show. This simple salad - my all-time favourite - is made nestling milky buffalo mozarella with thin, meaty tomato slices. These gorgeous, uneven gems were purchased from the farmers' market a Liberty Village and surely didn't disappoint. I added some fresh basil leaves (picked from our very own urban garden/balcony!) and a few salty, cured olives. I really can't think of a better summer lunch and I know I will be eying this photo with envy in a few weeks from now.

Caprese Salad
2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1/2 buffalo mozarella ball, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
2 tbsp olives
A small handful of fresh basil leaves

Arrange the tomatoes and mozarella in a platter. Season with oil, salt and pepper. Garnish with olives and basil.Enjoy!

16 comments:

yummychunklet said...

Ah, caprese salad. Always a favorite!

Chocolate Shavings said...

yummychunklet: Agreed!

Spicegirlfla said...

It doesn't matter how many times I see a caprese salad, I'm always excited! Just a perfect favorite summertime salad, simply classy!

Suzanne Perazzini said...

There are quite a few caprese salads around the blogs at the moment and I would devour every single one.

Dining Alone said...

I would love that caprese salad and I would add a little prosciutto :)

Chocolate Shavings said...

Dining Alone: I wouldn't say no to that!

Susan said...

Wonderful treatment of a classic!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Susan: Thank you! Sometimes there's nothing better than keeping it simple.

The Cooking Actress said...

Oh I love caprese!! So summery and delicious!

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Chocolate Shavings said...

Frank @ Kraemers Culinary Blog: Thank you for the nomination!

frost said...

that looks good.=]

kale said...

Those tomatoes are gorgeous! This is one of my favorite salads. Simple, fresh ingredients just sing!

Foodycat said...

I love caprese salad. You got such lovely tomatoes for it!

Julie said...

looks colorful & delicious!!
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