Thursday, August 25, 2016

Caprese Salad

"You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients."  -  Julia Child

My favorite recipes are the simple ones...the recipes I can remember off the top of my head with the fewest ingredients.  The very best recipes are the ones I can use fresh, in-season ingredients from the farmer's wagon down the road and my own basil.

Caprese Salad is one of those recipes.

It is also a recipe which can be modified for every taste.  I like my Caprese Salad with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella cheese, sometimes avocado, and minced garlic.  I drizzle balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the layers and sprinkle generously with freshly ground salt and pepper.  John, my husband, likes his salad minus the basil.  Megan, my daughter, just loves the mozzarella cheese.


Late summer, with all of the vine ripened tomatoes, is the best season for Caprese Salad.  I dream of this summer salad in the winter and buy grocery store tomatoes, grown who-knows-where, and it just isn't the same.  I will be savoring the fresh tomatoes as long as I can...   

What is your favorite simple recipe?  I would love to hear it...maybe even use it.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your day!



  1. Hi Michelle, I love Caprese salad too ... my recipe is the same, except for the avocado - thank you for the tip, I'm going to try it next time. Love your images and your linen apron!

  2. So agree with the quote, I like simple and just plain good. You just can't go wrong with that concept. Love your image especially using the long rectangle pan to display those fine tomatoes. I will have to try it with avocado for sure.

  3. I love a good Caprese salad. We don't usually have it though because Mallory is lactose intolerant. Such a bummer.

  4. I love your new blog look and your picture is adorable.....I too love a Caprese salad but have never tried the avocado.....Love your linen apron and is that an old ice tray you have your salad it....

  5. Simpler the better for sure, especially when it comes to fresh vegy's! Growing up we always head tomato salad, just fresh tomatoes, wine vinegar, olive oil and a little parsley.

  6. Oh, I haven't had a caprese salad in a long time! Great idea!

  7. This name is new to me although I've had the cheese and tomato combination at a few restaurants and love it. Yesterday I brought home some nice tomatoes from my daughter's so I may need to make this. Thanks for sharing and I LOVE the bottom photo!

  8. We are eating Heirloom tomatoes made exactly like your recipe nearly every evening with dinner. I think they'll soon be out of season, and we'll be sad to see the cardboard varieties return to the grocery store.