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Caprese Salad


Caprese salad is a simple and delicious summertime treat.  Traditionally it has only tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, salt, pepper and olive oil.  The key to this salad is having fresh tomatoes which is why I cant wait until mine jump off the vine into something awesome like this.  Over the years, we have changed the way we make it.  We first would do the traditional tomato and mozzarella, with a little red onion, cut them into rounds and line them up in a spiral like you sometimes get at restaurants.  I came to the conclusion that this looks kinda cool at first, but it is cheesy, annoying to do, and harder to eat!  Mandi also found that cucumber adds a great freshness to this salad and makes it even better for summer.  Here is what I like to call Mandi's version of a Caprese salad.

Clean the skin and seeds from the cucumber and dice it.

Mandi is very happy about her new tomato corer. I told her it is a unitasker, but she says it is very helpful anyways.

She has a very specific tomato method.

Slice red onion as thin as possible. We like to soak them in cold water for a few minutes to tone them down a bit.

A "chiffonade" of salami, and a rough chop of basil

Salt the tomatoes and cucumber.

I like to use the bigger pieces of mozzarella and chop them into squares because I think they have more flavor, but we were in a hurry today so I got these. They also look better for website picture taking purposes.

Add as drizzle of olive oil and balsamic, then mix it all up nice.



Ooooo I love tomato sharks! They work so well, and you can use them for so much...including to make melon balls

haha i didnt know it was called a tomato shark steph! i think i will call my new toy jaws from now on!

fyi - the salami is not normally part of the "mandi caprese salad" normally i just do tomato, cucumber, mozz, red onion, basil, S&P, EVOO, and balsamic... but we were in the mood for a twist which is why we threw in the salami. i wasnt sure if meat would ruin the light summery feel of the salad but I thought it came out yum! and the addition of meat made it feel a bit more like a meal then a starter...

Never knew you could get cheese that small. Looks great though!

Mandi, I like the way you cut tomatoes cuz I HATE tomato guts... I never saw this salad until now, and I want one...

That looks amazing, I might give that a try tomorrow for lunch. Thanks!

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