Thursday, January 7, 2010

On the Lighter Side

My last few dishes were on the rich side so I wanted to lighten things up a bit. I've been craving a good Caprese salad. While the dead of winter is not the ideal time for tomatoes, the flavors of the dressing will really perk them up. When purchasing your mozzarella try to find a good fresh one. Buffalo mozzarella would be ideal but use what you can find. Also during the summer months, switch up the dish by using a variety of tomatoes such as heirloom, yellow and even orange tomtatoes. This is a nice opener to an Italian dinner or light dinner in itself with a good crusty bread.

2 large tomatoes, sliced
1 package of mozzarella, sliced into the same size rounds as the tomatoes
1 package of fresh basil, torn
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Sea salt, about 1 Tbsp.
Black pepper, about 1 tsp.

Alternate sliced cheese and tomatoes then arrange on a platter. Sprinkle torn basil on top. Drizzle olive oil over the salad followed by a couple of dashes of  balsamic vinegar, ( oil to vinegar is a 3 to 1 ratio.) Add salt and pepper and enjoy!