A couple of weeks ago I went to Massimo’s, the new restaurant beside the Italian Centre Shop on 51st ave, for a work lunch. A few of us split the Caprese salad to start and it was so fresh and delicious! It inspired me to make my own version of it when I was out at my family’s lake cabin with a few friends.
I was on lunch duty for everyone, so I decided to go with a bit of an Italian theme. No surprise there, I really don’t need much of an excuse to make Italian food or to go to the Italian Centre. Along with the Caprese salad, I served home-made tomato soup, and some fresh bread and meats from the Italian Centre.
I had originally wanted to make a more traditional looking Caprese salad, with the large slices of tomato and buffalo mozzarella, however most of the tomatoes at the Italian Centre looked like they needed a little time to ripen and I was going to be making my salad later that day. The little, cherry tomatoes, however, looked perfect, so I decided to use those instead. So, with those perfect, little cherry tomatoes in hand, I decided I would make a “cute” Caprese salad. Yup, that’s right, cute. Because miniature versions of regular sized objects are almost always super cute (i.e. see miniature shopping carts here).
Cute Caprese Salad
– Cherry or grape tomatoes
– fresh basil
– Extra virgin olive oil
– Balsamic vinegar
– Freshly cracked black pepper
– Course salt
1. Wash the tomatoes.
2. Slice the tomatoes lengthwise and add to the serving bowl.
3. Cut up the bocconcini, if necessary depending on the size you bought, so that it is about the same size as the cut up tomatoes and add to the serving bowl.
4. Chop the fresh basil and add to the serving bowl.
5. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste. I recommend starting with less, as it is always easier to add more.
3. Sprinkle on some coarse salt and cracked back pepper, toss to mix all of the ingredient and enjoy!
This really isn’t much of a recipe, there isn’t a lot to it, but it is so delicious! Cut, chop, pour, mix, and serve. Easy, fresh, delicious and yes, really cute. 🙂