Wednesday, July 11, 2012

cherry tomatoes

One of the easiest summer crops to grow is tomatoes. Especially cherry tomatoes. They can be planted in the ground or a pot in the spring or early fall. They typically are the first to ripen of your summer plants so you get to enjoy them right away. Unfortunately, ours rarely make it back to the house. If you do get them to the kitchen there are so many easy recipes for tomato salads. Last night we enjoyed them in a caprese salad. 


Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad


16 oz tomatoes, quartered (we combined cherry and grape tomatoes)
8 oz fresh mozzarella
1/2 cup basil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper 

In a large bowl combine the chopped tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. In a smaller bowl whisk together the the garlic, balsamic and olive oil and pour over the tomato and mozzarella mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Toss until mixture is evenly coated and serve. 


Variations:
Use basil pesto instead of simply basil
Add red or yellow bell pepper
Substitute tofu for mozzarella for a vegan option

3 comments:

  1. Seriously, a tv show and a magazine deal. this is for real, good stuff. super impressed

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  2. Equally as impressed as Chad. I'm thoroughly enjoying, Gina! Passing along to the fam. :)

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