By now you all know how I like recipes. Easy. The same way I like just about everything. Nothing is worse than attempting to cook in the evening heat during a hot summer. It was 100+ degrees here yesterday, and ain’t no one got time for that. So when I got home from a longgggggg day in the office, I knew I was going to make myself this easy caprese salad. And not only because I love saying, “Easy Caprese.” Seriously. Does anything roll off the tongue better?
My mom fixed it for me when she was visiting about a month ago. I’ve been obsessed ever since. I’ve yet to find something as refreshing on a hot summer day. Except ice cream. Or a cool adult beverage. With a lemon slice. More on that later.
Start with grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, basil, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Chop up the basil, toss it in a bowl with the balls and tomatoes, and pour the dressing over. When you’ve tossed the ingredients together, sprinkle a little salt over the dish to bring out the natural flavors (mom’s idea: she’s brilliant). When I make this dish for myself, I always cut the tomatoes in half. Nothing is worse than trying to pick up a tomato with a fork. Especially if you’re wearing white. Amiright?