Strawberry Fields, Forever!

I could extoll the benefits of strawberries for pages….but do I really need to when you can look at this picture?  Your mouth starts to water – summer is here and strawberries are at their all time juicy goodness!

Good things grow, in #Ontario #summer #instayum

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Loaded with Vitamin C, fibre and all natural sweetness – enjoy the fruit that says summer!  I know I will!

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Caprese Salad…so fresh and oh so good!

Summer is here and there is nothing I love more than a melt in your mouth Caprese Salad. Even better when the ingredients are coming from my own back yard!

Caprese Salad

One can say the Caprese salad is reminiscent of Italy’s tricolored flag with the sumptuous red of garden fresh tomatoes, vibrant greens of basil leaves hand picked from the herb garden, all off set by the pillowy white of fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese. The salad is named after the island of Capri, but is now enjoyed the world over.

Basil from the garden

So simple to make, the flavours of the Caprese Salad are enhanced by only using the freshest of ingredients.  It is sure to steal the show at any summer bbq!

Ingredients

  • fresh ripe tomatoes
  • large basil leaves
  • buffalo mozzarella
  • olive oil
  • optional – I love the zing of a splash of balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of sea salt to taste

Directions are really not required – slice and layer as desired.  Personally, I place a slice of tomato, followed by a basil leaf and a slice of the buffalo mozzarella which has been warmed ever so slightly in the toaster over.  Top with another slice of tomato.  Drizzle olive oil and a splash of balsamic.  Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt et voila – summer perfection on a plate!  For best results, let sit for a few minutes to allow the flavours to mingle and enjoy!

fresh tomatoes

For a dinner party, fan the layers out on a plate rather than in a stack and wow your guests.  It’s a success every time.