Recipe: Caprese Salad/Tomato Carnage

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Here’s a Fun Fact (and it’s not even Friday!) – sometimes there’s a bit of a delay between when I take photos and when I actually take a close look at them.  Case in point: I made a Caprese salad a few weeks ago with some CSA tomatoes (aren’t they gorgeous?).  I wasn’t even going to take a photo since Caprese = easy peasy.   However, at the tweeted request of a Big Apple Nosh reader, I arranged a plate and took a few quick snaps.  When I pulled these photos from my camera just tonight, the above photo totally cracked me up.  I thought it would add ambiance to put a few tomatoes as a backdrop for the caprese, front and center.  What we are actually seeing here though, is tomato carnage.   The three tomatoes in the background are looking on in horror at their former vine-mate, sliced and diced and layered between dairy and herbs.  The smaller tomato on the right is trying to make a quick and surreptitious getaway.  Poor, poor tomatoes – soon met a similar fate the very next day.  As you can see, my personification of vegetables only goes so far.

Annnnyway, Caprese salad is a great option when you’ve got your bumper crop of late-summer tomatoes.  And it’s also one of the easiest and quickest dishes to make, ever.  You will need:

  • Mozarella
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Slice the tomatoes and mozarella, and layer with basil.  Season with pepper and drizzle olive oil on top. DUNZO.

See? I told you it was easy.  How do you make your Caprese? Any special add-ins?

P.S. I’m totally counting this as a Veggie Resolution – this is #16; only 4 more to go!

PS  This post is my contribution to Food Network’s Summer Fest!  Looking for other tomato recipes? Check out the below links!

Big Girls Small Kitchen: Seared Chicken with Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce
Haute Apple Pie: Heirloom Tomato & Three Cheese Tart
What’s Gaby Cooking: Zebra Tomato and Burrata Crostini
Zaika Zabardast: Balsamic Roasted Tomato-Basil Ice
And Love It Too: Healthy Lunchbox – Garlic Tomato Basil Pesto Bruchetta
Chez Us: Roasted Tomato Sauce
Daily*Dishin: Refreshing and Rustic – Tuscan Bread Salad
Glory Foods: Fresh Tomato Salsa
Dishin and Dishes: Tomato Tart Tatin
The Purple Cook: Eggplant Parmesan Caprese Salad
I Am Mommy: Tomato Crudite
Cooking With My Kid: Gluten-Free White Bean Chive Cakes with Heirloom Tomatoes
FN Dish: Easy Tomato Appetizers
Add a Pinch: Simple Caprese Salad Skewers
Sweet Life Bake: Salsa Cruda
Virtually Homemade: Farfalle with Roasted Tomato Sauce, Bacon and Shaved Romano
Dixie Chik Cooks: Tomato, Basil and Olive Bruschetta
The Sensitive Epicure: Yemista – Greek Stuffed Tomatoes & Peppers with Potatoes
Mooshu Jenne: Sun Burst Tomato Pasta
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Book Club, Tomatoes and a Recipe for Chicken Provençal?
Cooking With Elise: Tomato Parmesan Biscuits
From My Corner of Saratoga: Cooking from the Garden – Bruschetta Pizza
Fritos and Foie Gras: Tomato Terrine
Creative Culinary: Fresh and Savory Tomato Pie
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    August 31, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Serena this look dleicious!! gloria

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    August 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Easy and delicious! Love it! Good luck with the Food Network, they totally need to get you! 🙂

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    August 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

    YUM! I always like to add a splash of balsamic to my caprese salad, so delish!

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    August 31, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I love caprese salad! Poor little tomatoes – too bad they are so sweet and delicious. We “kill” about five a week at our house 😉

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    August 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I had it once and absolutely fell in love with Caprese. I think if I were to ever make it, I’ll probably add some pasta into it. Since summer is ending soon, I need to get this recipe down and under. Your tomatoes looks amazing!

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    August 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Too funny about the first picture! This is such a tasty and easy recipe!

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    August 31, 2011 at 11:40 am

    very few things are as lovely as caprese salad–and yours is so artfully arranged!

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    August 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    YUUMMMM. I could use a tomato+mozzarella right about now.

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    August 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    love caprese salads! so fresh and summery!

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    August 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I just love your blog!

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    August 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Too funny. I love caprese salads and they’re definitely a staple in my parents house during tomato season. I used to think I was being oh-so-healthy eating them until I realized I am just eating huge hunks of cheese. It’s so worth it though!

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    August 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    heheh, love your tomato carnage imagery! 😀 and tomato/basil/mozza is always always a great thing, yum!

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    August 31, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    One of my favorites, and so easy to make!

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    September 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I love this veggie resolution too! Yum!!

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    September 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    what beautiful pictures of a caprese salad – one of my all time favorites.

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