Meatless Monday Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

In my opinion, an Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad is SUMMER ON A PLATE!  It’s a simple little salad to put together, but the key is to find the freshest ingredients you can to make it taste amazing!

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Organic tomatoes, freshly-picked basil leaves, high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, buffalo mozzarella, as well as sea salt & freshly ground pepper all make a difference.

We planted tomatoes a little late in the season this year, so the ones I used today are beautiful fresh local heirloom tomatoes from our local market. I’m SUPER excited that I HAVE BASIL in my garden this year!! We didn’t plant any basil last  year, but this year we have 3-4 plants that are doing well. I LOVE going out & picking out a few big, fragrant leaves to include in my summer salads. Ahhhh, summer on a plate for sure!

For the past several years, I have enjoyed going out to my garden and picking beautiful heirloom tomatoes and basil to make this salad. I have experimented with different cheeses over the years, but this is my favorite version.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large heirloom tomatoes (I used yellow & red ones above)
  • 8-10 basil leaves, chopped
  • Buffalo mozzarella, sliced thinly
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (best quality you can afford — you only need a couple of capfuls)
  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar (again, good quality makes all the difference)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Slice tomatoes and arrange on a plate. I find that a big serrated knife does the best job slicing tomatoes.
  2. Add a thin slice of mozzarella in between each tomato slice. Sprinkle the chopped basil leaves over the salad, then add a little sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
  3. Using the cap from your bottle of olive oil, add a capful to each row of the tomato combo on your plate.
  4. Finally, drizzle a small amount of balsamic down the center of each row & you are ready to feast!

This salad serves 3-4 people. I always serve with a sweet French baguette. Enjoy!! 🙂

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SO TELL ME …

What are your favorite summer salads? Do you grow lettuce, tomatoes, and other herbs/veggies in your yard? 

 

Meatless Monday Recipe – Tomato Basil Salad with Feta Cheese

Meatless Monday Tomato Basil Salad

Meatless Monday Tomato Basil Salad

Happy Monday to you all!  Another Meatless Monday recipe idea for you.  This one is inspired by spring!

For the past several years, I have enjoyed going out to my garden and picking beautiful heirloom tomatoes and basil to make this salad.  I have experimented with different cheeses over the years, but this is my favorite version.

Ingredients:

6 medium or 4 large heirloom tomatoes

8-10 basil leaves, finely chopped

Feta cheese

Extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

Sea salt

 

Cut tomatoes into quarters (or smaller if using large tomatoes).  Add a capful of extra-virgin olive oil (more if desired).  Sprinkle the basil & feta cheese on top.  Add salt & pepper, as desired.

This simple, delicious salad serves 4-6 people.  Also works as dinner for two hungry people if you add a fresh baguette!  Enjoy!

Other vegetarian recipes you may like:

Vegetarian Skinny Cowboy Soup

Sweet Potatoes with Coconut, Pomegranate, and Lime

Broccoli and Cheese Quiche