Caprese: Salad, Garden Salad, and Pasta Salad

Caprese anything is my ultimate favorite summer food. The combination of tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella cheese is shear perfection. Super easy to make and so many variations of this salad make it the perfect light and girly food to serve yourself and your friends.

If I made this for dinner, Joe would want this served with a deer backstrap or something, but I would be perfectly content with just this salad for dinner or lunch, anytime, anywhere.
Caprese needs 3 key ingredients:
  1. Tomatoes- cherry or usually large tomatoes sliced thick. The large tomatoes are best with Caprese Salad #1, and cherry tomatoes go best with #2-4.
  2. Fresh Basil- no dried stuff here, fresh from garden (from my mother-in-law’s garden because I have a Garden-FAIL and get too excited when things grow that I cut them off as soon as I see any type of life and then… the plant dies, lame)
  3. Fresh Mozzarella balls (reminds me of Cinderella, but without Guess, Guess)
Variation #1: Caprese Salad
  • Combine our 3 key ingredients: Tom/Basil/Moz
  • Add olive oil, sprinkle course salt and pepper
Variation #2: Caprese Garden Salad
  • Combine our 3 key ingredients: Tom/Basil/Moz
  • Add any salad greens, I love the organic baby mixed greens to give it a nutty flavor
  • Add the olive oil, salt/pepper… or I LOVE and must have on hand, the Zoe’s Kitchen Greek Salad dressing, $4 a bottle at their store. It is the perfect combination of olive oil blend, red wine vinegar, salt, spices. Zoe’s is located in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, and Houston.
Variation #3: Caprese Pasta Salad
  • Combine our 3 key ingredients: Tom/Basil/Moz
  • Boil any small pasta (I’m a fan of the organic whole wheat baby penne, its super cute)
  • Add the olive oil, salt/pepper
  • Kathryn got me to eat this served both hot or cold, easy to have on hand when family comes into town. Serve hot for dinner with a side, store over night let the favors mix together, serve cold anytime for lunch or snacking the next day
  • done and done!
Variation #4: Super Caprese Combo
  • Why not add all of them together?
  • Tom/Basil/Moz
  • Small Pasta
  • Salad Greens
  • Olive oil, salt, pepper

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