Are you in an extreme heat alert area? A glass of cold white wine and a Caprese Salad can make up for the weather!

caprese salad

Hot weather makes us feel exhausted. So, what can be a great quick after-work type of a dinner solution? Why not a salad- big vibrant summer Italian Caprese salad made with fresh ingredients at home.

Set up a fun atmosphere, play some cute songs while you are making it and enjoy the process. It is all about the attitude when you prepare something for yourself.

Ready to start? Here we are.

Take out of the fridge 2 cold ripe plum tomatoes/tomatoes on the vine, a few bocconcini balls/ a few slices of fresh mozzarella if the salad is for one person and fresh basil  Have ready olive oil, salt and pepper.

I don’t specify the amount of spices and oils because people have different preferences for the amount that needs to be added. Have you found yourself adjusting recipes to your taste, well that is what I am talking about.

I usually slice up the tomatoes and the bocconcini/fresh mozzarella in circles. Then, I chop the aromatic fresh basil and sprinkle on top. It is time for the spices and the oil. I add some salt and pepper to taste just right for me. I use extra virgin olive oil that has been cold-presses. If you have never read the labels of olive oils, it is time to do so. There is a variety of brands, types, and quality of olive oils that you can choose from. However, the best of the best is “Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 100% pure, cold pressed” and you should look for it.  If you are not familiar with the term cold-presses it is a method that companies use to process olives to extract the oils from the olives without using chemicals but just pressure. There are so many brands that use marketing tricks to present their products as high quality but I am a “little pro” in recognizing the good from the bad and the great from the good.  However, it is important to educate yourself on the topic, because you don’t want to add another chemically treated item on your menu list. Just be careful with your purchases. Olive oil has a distinct flavor and adds up a lot to the flavor of to your salad. So don’t just pour any type of oil on it. Here my favorite dinner recipe ends. However, if you think that you will like more acidic taste to this salad, you can use my homemade vinaigrette dressing instead of adding salt, pepper and olive oil individually.

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