Summer salads. Nothing is fresher to me then tossing produce that I have just found at the farmers market into a salad. Through in a bunch of fresh herbs and it tastes like summer to me.
You really do not need a lot of ingredients to make a summer salad like this one. Fresh basil, garden tomatoes, a good balsamic vinegar and some fresh mozzarella. That it is.
There is nothing better than a good tomato. They should have good flavour and a touch of sweetness. I love finding different varieties of tomatoes at the market from the baby yellow ones to the bigger heirloom tomatoes. We are lucky in Calgary to have quite a few farmers markets during the week in the summer as well as greenhouses here that supply tomatoes through the winter.
Do you have a local farmers market that you can get fresh produce from? Are you lucky enough to have a garden in the summer?
As a kid we had the largest garden and even though I complained most of the time about all the work and chores I had to do to help with the garden I sure did love eating all the fresh peas and carrots when they were ready.Print
Recipe: Simple Caprese Salad
A simple salad made with fresh basil, garden tomatoes and a good balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1/4 cup good olive oil
- 2 tsp good balsamic vinegar
- 1 container Bocconcini fresh mozza balls
- 3 cups fresh baby tomatoes(I used a mixture of heirloom small tomatoes as well as baby red ones)
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss gently.
- Pour onto a serving platter.