Tomato Basil Caprese is ridiculously easy to prepare and the perfect way to enjoy your fresh tomatoes which are plentiful during the summer. Whip it up with only a few fresh ingredients including ripe tomatoes, basil, fresh
This Tomato Basil Caprese can be an appetizer or salad and tastes fabulous. It is fancy enough for guests and easy enough for every day. The balsamic and oil dressing is fantastic and perfect with the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
What does Caprese mean?
Caprese is a simple salad of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.
Fresh Produce At Your Local Farmers Market
This past weekend we made our first trip of the season to the Little Rock Farmers Market. Walking down the aisles of the farmers market was like being at Disney World to a foodie. I could smell the fresh produce, see the vibrant colors including tomatoes, fresh cut watermelon, fresh herbs, and flowers. I was honestly so overwhelmed and enjoyed talking to so many farmers and small business owners that I totally forgot to take any pictures.
My husband will tell you that I love to talk and I was in my element. I spent way to much time talking to the vendors about their products and produce. I found my husband and a couple of our kids who went with us leaving me way behind. My point is to support your local farmers market. You will not only enjoy the freshest produce but you may also make some friends.
Fresh Little Rock Farmers Market Tomatoes
Although my tomatoes came from the farmers market, my basil came from my herb garden. I love planting an herb garden each year. It is easy to take care of and the herbs grow like crazy. If you are interested in starting a garden, you will love the containers I purchased from Sam’s. The water drains out but it also has a water level which adds water from the bottom when needed.
How to Pick The Perfect Tomatoes?
Don’t worry so much about finding the perfect shape tomato. Pick the tomato up and examine the skin to make sure it is not bruised. Be sure to select the tomatoes that are not too firm nor way too soft, and make sure they have a fragrant tomato smell. Yes, smell your tomato. A fresh tomato should smell fragrant. A firm tomato is not ripe yet and a tomato that is too soft maybe bad.
Where To Store Your Tomatoes
Tomatoes don’t need to be in the refrigerator. Keep them out of direct sunlight, and stem side up. This is especially true if they are a little firm. Allow the firmer tomatoes to ripe fully or use them in salsa or make a tomato sauce for a pizza or spaghetti. If they get too mushy or moldy, toss them out.
Did you know Balsamic Vinegar is created from grapes? Although Balsamic vinegar is a dark brown color, it is made from pressed Italian white grapes, called must. The must is boiled down to a thick syrup then put into wooden kegs to age. Each year the after some moisture evaporates, the containers. This process helps to concentrate the flavor even further. Balsamic Vinegar is aged for a minimum of 12 years, but some are aged up to 100 years! The final vinegar is a thick, syrup with a concentrated flavor. It is wonderful drizzled over fresh fruit including these beautiful tomatoes.
Although Balsamic Vinegar can be expensive, you do not have to get a costly bottle for this recipe. I use Walmart Great Value Balsamic Vinegar for about $6 a bottle. Do not judge me; it is a great way to get a fabulous flavor without the huge investment.
Fabulous Easy Recipes Using Balsamic Vinegar
TOMATO BASIL CAPRESE
- 3 fresh tomatoes slices
- fresh mozzarella cheese slices
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- fresh basil chopped
- Slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and alternate them on a serving platter. Sprinkle tomatoes with sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.Mix the oil and vinegar. The ratio for the oil and vinegar is three parts oil to 1 part vinegar. You can adjust the vinegar and oil for your taste. I like using 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and 1/3 cup olive oil.Chop fresh basil leaves and sprinkle of the tomatoes and cheese.