just a little caprese salad

During the summer, salad gets prepared a lot more frequently in my kitchen for a couple of reasons: bikini season and it is just too darn hot.  That being said, I’m craving some gooey chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven with a cold glass of milk right now.  But no cookies for us!  Instead, I’m offering you a sweet caprese salad using heirloom tomatoes that I procured in my CSA basket from Be Wise Ranch.  I really love the visual of using a variety of tomatoes in caprese salads beneath the chiffonade of basil and dark drizzle of the balsamic vinegar.  For my vinegar selection, I chose to use a thick and rich espresso balsamic vinegar from Coronado Taste of Oils.

caprese salad

just a little caprese salad
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summer salad
Ingredients
  • 3-4 heirloom tomatoes depending on size*
  • half a cucumber*
  • handful of fresh basil chiffonade
  • salt & pepper
  • good quality olive oil
  • good quality balsamic vinegar
  • one helping of burrata
Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumber and slice into quarter of an inch rounds.
  2. Arrange the cucumber slices evenly on your serving plate.
  3. Slice the tomatoes into quarter of an inch rounds and arrange evenly on top of the cucumber.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil followed by a hearty sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  5. Sprinkle the plate with the basil.
  6. Place the burrata in the center of the plate.
  7. Drizzle with vinegar and serve!
The significant lover and I enjoyed this plate as dinner between just the two of us with a nice glass of wine.  This could easily be shared between a table of four as a side salad or appetizer without changing the quantity of ingredients.  I purchased my burrata from Trader Joe’s but do seek it out at your local Italian market if you have one close by.  Homemade burrata is hard to beat.

As a reminder, all ingredients marked with an asterisks come from Be Wise Ranch CSA.