My roommate and I bought a basil plant at Trader Joe’s recently, so I have been on the lookout for basil recipes to make. I was very excited after my farmer’s market and North End run to make some caprese salad. Always a delicious dish, I think it only gets better the fresher your ingredients are. With that in mind, I’m not sure it gets any better than this: fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market, freshly picked basil leaves from our basil plant, and fresh mozzarella from an Italian deli!
Caprese Salad #1:
It was really delicious! I think that this is the best (and yet, possibly the cheapest) fresh mozzarella that I have ever bought and it really made the dish. I know what you’re thinking (…Mom…): what if I don’t have a fancy Italian deli to buy fresh mozzarella at? Easy, come to Boston, of course!
The dish is pretty simple. Layer sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!
Caprese Salad #2 (an actual salad):
The next day, I turned this dish into an actual salad in an effort to make a dent in the humongous bag of spinach that I bought. The ingredients are pictured below. Going clockwise, I used tomatoes, basil, roasted red peppers, chicken, and fresh mozzarella.
I tossed these toppings with the spinach and added salt and pepper and some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Delicious!
Looking forward to having some more soon!