mmmm. lunch.

salad

I woke up with a craving for tomatoes. I think I may have been living with a low-level sickness for the last few days and maybe I just needed some healthy fuel. (Yesterday, I ate a combo of popcorn, coffee, and muffins – not good.) The craving was strong enough that I walked my butt down to the grocery store and bought the ingredients for a Caprese salad. Caprese salad is one of my favorite foods. It simultaneously reminds me of living in Kansas City and my trip to Italy. When Travis and I were newly married and in KC we used to eat at Panera Bread a lot and I would order their Tomato & Mozzarella salad nearly every time. I haven’t lived near a Panera in a long time, but I don’t think they sell the salad any more. boo. When I went to Italy two years ago, I ordered Caprese salad every chance I could. It was so good. Perfect, actually.

I am not anything resembling a chef, but here is the impromptu recipe for my Caprese salad: Take some slightly stale bread (we had some rosemary bread that was a few days old) and tear or cut it into bite-size pieces. Lay it out on your plate as a base. Cut two, three, or four small-to-medium tomatoes it bite-size wedges. Arrange them on the bread. Cut up some fresh mozzarella cheese – the kind that is packed in water – and arrange it on top of the tomatoes. Tear or cut some fresh basil to sprinkle over the dish. (I probably added too much basil, but I hate to buy the whole package and then only use a little!) Drizzle with olive oil and a generous amount of balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Done! Eat!

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5 Replies to “mmmm. lunch.”

  1. I was at Panera yesterday in front of a pregnant woman who ordered that salad and even though they don’t officially sell it anymore, they made one for her. I thought that was really nice 🙂 Your salad looks great.

  2. If you have a sunny window, you should try growing basil in a pot. That way you’ll always have some on hand. This salad reminds me of summer and I can’t wait to have some too!

  3. I had one of the tomato, mozzarella, basil sandwiches two days ago at Panera & I can tell you it is not the same as a caprese salad. When we went to Italy I did the same thing times two – every chance I got I would order a pesto dish and/or a caprese salad. Eating a caprese salad while sitting on the Mediterranean shore was one of the highlights of our trip.

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