How to make an Italian Insalata Caprese

How to make an Italian Insalata Caprese Recipe

It is officially tomato season at our house. Lulu planted 5 varieties of cherry tomatoes in February and I was finally able to gather a large bowl of them today. They are perfectly ripe, so sweet and definitely organic. There are Sun Gold, Sun Sugar, Sweet 100, Risenstraub and Yellow Pears.

I've been planting sweet basil in our herb box for the last two years but the rabbits always get to it before we have time to enjoy the leaves. So this year I got wise and placed a sweet basil plant that I got from Trader Joe's on the balcony of my bedroom.

So what do you do with a bounty of fresh tomatoes and sweet basil? Make a Caprese salad! I think there is no better way to showcase such fresh ingredients. Just gather some sweet basil, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, drizzle them with balsamic vinegar and a good quality olive oil, and you're ready to eat!

You can either toss all the ingredients in a bowl or serve them separately as antipasto.  Either way, you're going to get to enjoy Italian summer in a bowl.  Buon Appetito!

cherry tomatoes photo


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probably THE best thing ever in the middle of summer. so refreshing and delicious. it kind of helps that i have 10 basil plants that are growing like crazy at the moment.

veggievixen Website Link
[ Posted at 9:26 AM on 7/15/09 | Reply ]
[-] Beautiful - Guest-justine
a simple classic salad and yours looks fresh and tasty!

Thanks for stopping by my blog,
Justine

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[ Posted at 12:49 PM on 7/15/09 | Reply ]
I just had a caprese sandwich today! It's my favorite combo of flavors.

zoe Website Link
[ Posted at 1:04 PM on 7/15/09 | Reply ]
So pretty, caprese salad is my favorite :)

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[ Posted at 10:07 PM on 7/15/09 | Reply ]
[-] awesome - Guest-ravenouscouple
Great photos! We listed you on our list of top 7 kreativ bloggers we know.

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[ Posted at 1:56 AM on 7/16/09 | Reply ]
[-] gorgeous - Guest-Sophia
best way to use tomatoes in season! Lovely! And what gorgeous pics you take! I love the crisp and clear close-ups with vibrant natural colors.

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[ Posted at 2:02 AM on 7/16/09 | Reply ]
I love this Italian classic! So yummie: I love all of your tomatoes!

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[ Posted at 2:38 AM on 7/16/09 | Reply ]
[-] Fav salad/photos - Guest-Erica
This is hands down my favorite salad- so simple, so delicious.Your photographs are so beautiful, please come take all my blog pictures for me ;)

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[ Posted at 5:07 AM on 7/17/09 | Reply ]
[-] Insalata Caprese - Guest-Jamie
Those tomatoes are beautiful and so is the presentation of your salad. This is so summery and delicious!

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[ Posted at 9:40 AM on 7/19/09 | Reply ]
The rabbits ate all of our sunflower seeds but fortunately, our tomatoes and basil have been protected. Caprese salad is such a delicious and simple dish, so very perfect for summer.

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[ Posted at 10:37 PM on 7/22/09 | Reply ]
[-] A taste of summer - Guest-Steph866
I just had this for dinner with a nice slice of Focaccia bread. Absolutely wonderful!
[ Posted at 11:47 PM on 7/22/09 | Reply ]
[-] wow - Guest-doggybloggy
the deconstructed inslata looks fantastic!

doggybloggy Website Link
[ Posted at 1:02 PM on 7/28/09 | Reply ]
Oooh I like how you displayed your salad in the first photo! Especially with all the bite-sized items too! Looks beautiful :)
Thanks for visiting my blog also!

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[ Posted at 3:13 PM on 7/30/09 | Reply ]

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