Simple Caprese Salad for #SundaySupper

I am so excited to finally post today. Not only am I writing about my favorite salad, but am finally playing with my new Macbook, and yes there is a learning curve! Any Mac lovers out there? Holla!

One of my favorite bloggers, Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is hosting this weeks “Skinny” #SundaySupper and I love everything she makes because 1) she’s a Registered Dietitian so you know you can trust her and 2) she uses fresh and real ingredients.

When I realized I never…ever posted about caprese salad, I just couldn’t believe it. I don’t know how much of a secret this is, but I have a somewhat addictive, infatuation with tomatoes. I am so in love with them. I think I’ve said it before that I would rather have Joe come home with a handful of fresh organic heirlooms than jewelry. Yes..well…ya know.
Simple Caprese Salad via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

I think my furthest memory of tomatoes is watching my grandmother grow her tomato garden back in New Jersey. I can remember that smell to this day, that earthy and bright smell of a freshly-picked tomato stem. Ever since then I have been succumbed to the smell of fresh tomatoes. And I have to add, I am quite picky with these earthy jewels as well. I won’t eat any tomato that has been refrigerated since it eliminates all the beautiful flavor. When I go shopping, I have a ritual of smelling the stem end and almost…should I say..harassing the tomato as I check out all of its curves and humps. It is an infatuation, I tell ya!

And as with tomatoes, caprese is my favorite salad, ever! yes, Ever! I probably have this salad no less than once a week. It’s simple, crisp and clean. Minimal ingredients so you can taste the beauty of each one individually and not overpowering to taste them all together. Of course you want to use the best ingredients you can find since there are so few. The way I dress my caprese is just with a generous pinch of kosher salt, a good drizzle of good olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar and if I’m feeling it, a pinch of dried oregano. The cheese I love is fresh mozzarella. It’s different than the drier version that is popular in stores. This fresh mozzarella has a little bit less fat content than the drier one and is stored in brine to retain moisture. It is so easy to tear with your (clean) fingers instead of cutting into it because it is so soft and gentle. I absolutely love fresh mozzarella and if you can find it, indulge! This weeks Sunday Supper is about “skinny” recipes, but a little doesn’t hurt anyone, right?

Simple Caprese Salad via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

This is the oil and vinegar I use for my caprese salad. It’s special….verrry special. Trust me, the price is worth it. Oh, and excuse the “used” vinegar bottle!

Do you love tomatoes as much as I do?

Caprese Salad

Serving Size: Serves 2 and easily multiplied

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb of various tomatoes, sliced thickly
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella
  • Few leaves of fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano (optional)
  • Good extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Arrange tomatoes on a place. If using cherry tomatoes, cut them in half. Season tomatoes with salt (and oregano if using).
  2. Gently tear the mozzarella and scatter it along the tomatoes.
  3. Stack the fresh basil leaves together and cut into strips, or just simple tear with fingers and scatter along tomatoes.
  4. Drizzle salad with olive oil and vinegar.
http://littleferrarokitchen.com/2013/02/simplecaprese-salad-for-sundaysupper/

Simple Caprese Salad via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

Please check out all the other “Skinny” goodness!

Sizzling Skinny Appetizers & Soups

 Healthy Skinny Mains & Sides

Guilt Free Skinny Desserts & Snacks

Wine Pairing Recommendations for Skinny Sunday Supper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

 

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special skinnified recipes! Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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Comments

  1. says

    I absolutely adore caprese salad! Simple is beautiful. I know you mentioned fresh mozzarella being a bit indulgent, but I don’t think it has to be! I honestly would rather have a moderate amount of fresh mozzarella than some processed fat free cheese! Just…maybe don’t eat the entire ball of mozz…lol! Am I right? ;) Fresh food is the best…love it!
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  2. says

    Holla, my son just bought a mac and loves it. He’s bringing it with him so I’m test driving it and his new fancy photoshop tomorrow. Should be fun. I have a dell but I freaking love it. I bought a widescreen which I love but man it’s a pain in the rump to travel with. The security dude did a double take when I struggled to get it out of the laptop bag and set it in the container.

    Love this salad. It’s recipes like this that make lunch a happy place. I used to have a massive garden. We’re trying to figure out how to do one here cuz it’s all mature trees throwing shade.

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