One of my New Year's resolutions was to keep things simple. There are few summer meals that are more simple or more delicious than a caprese salad. With tomatoes just coming into season, basil in abundance and temperatures rising, this is the perfect time to skip a hot dinner in favor of a fresh (but still filling) meal.
You can make a slightly fancier version of this with a balsamic vinegar reduction (just simmer a cup of vinegar in an uncovered pan until the volume is reduced by half), but my favorite is the simplest: thick slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella, drizzled with grassy olive oil with a scattering a fresh basil and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
for each portion
- 1 medium heirloom tomato, sliced into 1/4" slices
- 1 ball of fresh mozzarella (about 3 oz.), sliced 1/4" slices
- 10-12 basil leaves
- 1-2 t. good olive oil
- a large pinch of flaky sea salt
Arrange alternating slices of tomato and mozzarella on a plate. Drizzle the oil and sprinkle the salt, then tear the basil leaves in half and scatter on the plate.