Now that (I think) summer has finally arrived, I thought I'd share one of my favorite recipes: Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
It's a great summer salad: cherry or grape tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella and a sweet/tart balsamic glaze. Very simple, very elegant and always delicious. It makes a great side salad or a meatless meal.
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
1 fresh ball Mozzarella
5 large Basil leaves
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 Cup Water
In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water, and balsamic vinegar. Stir together and heat over low until in comes to a boil. Let boil for 30 seconds and remove from heat. Let cool. This will make enough glaze for 3 or 4 salads.
Wash and prep the tomatoes by cutting each cherry tomato in half. Place in a medium-sized bowl. Next, prep your mozzarella by cutting the ball into small bite-size pieces. Add to the bowl with the tomatoes. Now, shred the basil and add to the tomatoes and mozzarella. Use your discretion on the basil - you can always add more if you like.
Once balsamic glaze is cool to touch, drizzle over the salad and toss to combine. A little of the glaze goes a long way. Sprinkle with black cracked pepper before serving. Delicious!
To save the extra glaze - place in sealed container (like an old small jar) and it should keep for 3-4 weeks on the shelf.