Tossed Caprese Salad ♥

Tossed Caprese Salad
Today's easy summer salad recipe: A 'tossed' version of the tomato and fresh mozzarella salad that we call 'caprese' that's usually served as a 'composed' salad, all perfect and arranged but here is carefree. Vegetarian and low carb. Weight Watchers 2 (Old Points) and 3 (PointsPlus).

Check the price of fresh mozzarella these days and yikes, odds are, our eyes will get as big as the mozzarella balls themselves, at least if they are the real thing, not the mass-produced, made-some-time-this-year 'fresh' mozzarella balls from Trader Joe's, say. (Don't get me wrong, however, Trader Joe-style quality fresh mozzarella has its place, given the price. But to my taste, this just isn't it.)

Surprise surprise, Whole Foods often has fresh mozzarella on sale during the summer-tomato months, some times half the price of my local groceries.

First up when fresh mozzarella is affordable: the Fresh Tomato with Fresh Mozzarella and its Italian variant, Insalata Caprese. They're spectacular salads both for taste and appearance. But they're not so easy to make ahead or to carry, nor for feeding a crowd. So when I spied Smitten Kitchen's toss-caprese-all-in-a-bowl version last summer, it stuck with me.

This is my variation! I hope you'll enjoy yours, too!

TOSSED CAPRESE SALAD RECIPE

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 15 minutes
Makes 4 cups

BASIL VINAIGRETTE
1 small handful of fresh basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt

SALAD
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed into small bites
1 pound ripe summer tomatoes, sliced or chopped
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, optional
Kosher salt

BASIL VINAIGRETTE In a small food processor, mix the vinaigrette ingredients. If you're using the beans, you'll likely use all the dressing, if not, will use much less. Season to taste. Serve and savor!

SALAD Stir together the cheese, tomatoes and beans, then add dressing to taste.


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This recipe is so quick and easy that I'm adding it to a growing collection of easy summer recipes published all summer long in 2009 at Kitchen Parade, my food column, and now again in 2010. With a free Kitchen Parade e-mail subscription, you'll never miss a one!





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~ Cucumber & Tomato Salad ~
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from Half Baked
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6 comments:

I love the idea of a tossed Caprese salad that's easy to take to a picnic!

I just returned home yesterday from Whole Foods with said fresh Mozarella balls on sale! And I scored purple and green basil from my CSA last week. Now I know what I'm going to do with everything the next few days - if they last that long!

I wanted to drop you a note to say THANK YOU! for the fabulous recipes you are posting—I really enjoy getting the links to my e-mail! I am trying to eat more vegetables and have tried many of your recipes—they have all been fabulous!

Thanks so much and I look forward to trying the Tossed Caprese Salad- sounds delisch!

I love Mozarella. I can pretty much whip up any dish with it. This salad looks simple and hearty.

I like the addition of beans here. 'Tis the season for caprese salad recipes -- I recently posted our favorite variation, a caprese salad sandwich.

Nice photo! I like your idea of adding cannelini beans, too.

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