Summer Caprese Salad

My life has been in transition for the past few months. I have been working on a creating a permanent lifestyle change that involves finding balance, eating healthy and getting more exercise. As you have read in my previous posts, I have taken up cycling and walking. Now I am going to start running.

I started this process by committing myself to a 32km walk this September to raise money for Cancer research. Then I bought a bicycle and started riding it all over Toronto. This week I decided to make things more interesting by making a commitment to run in my first 5km run with my daughter.

It has been a long time since I ran on a regular basis and I have never run a 5km race. I am going to step up my training routine to include daily runs and power walks to get ready.

Each of these physical activities has brought its own unique set of challenges. For each one I found it helpful to set mini goals that push me farther toward my ultimate goal. This 5km run may be the most challenging of them all.

The best part of my healthier lifestyle is that I enjoy living more each day. I am learning to live in the moment and to see the world through a positive lens. I have lost weight, dropped a few dress sizes and my blood pressure is under control. This has started out to be one of the best summers ever. Life is good!

Summer is also about the great flavours of fresh local produce. Farmers’ markets are brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables. One of my favourite flavours of summer is the taste of ripe, fresh tomatoes from the garden or farmer’s field. That is why Summer Caprese Salad is such a regular dish at my dinner table. The combination of sweet tomatoes, soft mozzarella cheese and the bite of fresh basil are a combination made in heaven.

Summer Caprese Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

8 oz. (250 g) fresh mozzarella, sliced ½ inch (1 cm) thick
1 lb. (500 g) field tomatoes, sliced ½ inch (1 cm) thick
Leaves from 2 large bunches basil

Vinaigrette

1 cup (250 ml) balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. (15 ml) Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. (2 ml) salt
¼ tsp. (1 ml) freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup (75 ml) extra virgin olive oil

Directions

To make vinaigrette, in a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until reduced to ½ cup (125 ml). Let cool. It will thicken as it cools.

In a bowl, whisk together reduced vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking until emulsified.

Arrange cheese, tomatoes and basil leaves on a platter. Up to 1 hour before serving, drizzle with vinaigrette.

Recipe from In My Mother’s Kitchen by Trish Magwood

 

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3 thoughts on “Summer Caprese Salad

  1. Congrats on a wonderful looking salad – and more congrats on your rise to the challenge of commitment to adding movement to your life (I hate to call riding a bike “exercise!). Remember the quote “a body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest”? It is so true, once you start moving! Your body will crave it. Fingers crossed for you on the run!!

  2. Mmmm…delicious! I just had some of this last night with fresh tomatoes and basil from our garden. Your photo is making me hungry for them again!

  3. Peggy, this looks so fresh! I tried a pseud0-caprese with peaches, peccorini romano and balsamic. It was really different…but the classic is best,

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