I don’t know what it is about tomatoes in Florida… but every time I visit my sister, we can’t contain the urge to buy lots and lots of tomatoes. They’re just so plump and red and sweet and delicious… And I learned never to put them in the fridge. Just leave them on the counter and eat from there. They’ll not spoil and you’ll always have the best tomato experience.
We would go to The Boys Farmers Market or to another smaller more traditional type of farmers market near my sister’s home and would always return home with a batch of delicious tomatoes. I would make batches and batches of my Tomato Basil Brushetta mix and this Caprese Salad for my sister… her favorite.
I always like to add a bed of crispy lettuce underneath to bump the nutritional value and heft of the salad. Even though its tradition to have only tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, I need lettuce to make it feel more of a real salad to me. All the components are readily available fresh from The Boys – mozzarella, basil leaves and mixed greens…
6-8 romaine lettuce leaves, thinly shredded or baby spinach leaves would work well also 2 large tomatoes, sliced ½ ball of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 10-12 basil leaves, washed and trimmed Extra Virgin Olive Oil Balsamic Vinegar Coarse Sea Salt Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
- Just place cut lettuce or other greens as a bed on a serving platter. Arrange tomato and mozzarella slices alternately on top of lettuce bed.
- Place a basil leaf in between each slice of tomato and cheese.
- Drizzle with Olive Oil and Balsamic. Sprinkle liberally with Salt and Pepper.
Don’t the tomatoes look scrumptious???