A Bubbly Caprese Salad!

All the delicious players in the salad.
I love this salad and I have been making it for years now! It is my most requested side dish to bring to a party and since every party ended with people wanting to know the recipe, I finally decided to put it on paper (or rather the internet)
With only 6 ingredients, it is very easy to make and except for the mozzarella, I always have the other 5 ingredients at home!  
The quality of your ingredients matter for the overall taste of any dish,  particularly one with such few ingredients.  Both Trader Joe’s and World’s Market have quality olive oil for a budget price.  All my ingredients are from Trader Joe’s (love that store!)
I started using grape tomatoes for the salad as I could eat it year round, I am not a fan of larger tomatoes unless they are in season.  Replace the grape tomatoes once summer hits with delicious in season ones.  Not many things beat the flavor of an in season tomato- mmmm….

A Bubbly Caprese Salad 
Serves 4


1 1b. of grape tomatoes
1 cup Buffalo mozzarella
3 large cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of basil
1/4 cup of olive oil
Kosher salt


Chop the tomatoes and add them to a strainer over a bowl.  
Sprinkle with salt, stir, and repeat salt sprinkle.  (Don’t be afraid, most of the salt ends up in the bowl!)
Salting removes excess water and will draw out the flavor of the tomato.  (This is a great step to do before roasting tomatoes as well!)
Let tomatoes sit for at least 15 minutes.
Discard the water or save for a tomato consomme! 

Meanwhile mince the garlic, roughly chop the basil, and cut mozzarella into a small dice.

I love garlic & chopping it is on my list of odd activities I really enjoy doing.

Combine ingredients, pour olive oil, sprinkle with salt.  Stir.  Salt to taste.

Eat Away!

My mozzarella is not diced here and is roughly chopped as a certain little one was tired of playing by herself and I had EVERYTHING else done except mozzarella.

Therefore, I had only minutes to add the mozzarella and take the final picture (taken while holding a squirming Kalia, as if I did not struggle with taking photos as it is 😉

 C’est la vie, I am a Mom first- food, photography and everything else comes second!

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    April 13th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I LOVE your ingredient board. Did you make it?

  2. Laurel

    April 13th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Yes, I did, thank you so much! I made the chalkboard too, out of an old mirror on Craigslist, the frame (not shown in pic) is pretty cute!


    April 14th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Will there be a diy for the board coming? Not that I would personally…ok. I want! Please share. I'll pin it, tweet it, like it, …It's awesome!

    Have you read miss mustard seed or the bloggess?

  4. Laurel

    April 14th, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I had not planned on it, but maybe I will, I actually need a couple blog posts ideas, thank you 🙂

    I freaking love the bloggess and cannot wait to get her book. I have not heard of Miss mustard seed though?


    April 14th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Oops. My bad. Miss Mustard seed is an interior re-doer. Her story is kind of cool. About caprese, I had it in Italy last summer. Check out this post, if you get a minute. Looking forward to following you!

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