One of my favorite dishes to order in Italian restaurants has always been Insalata Caprese, a salad made of sliced tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil and olive oil.
Forever on the look out for "new" ways to perk up dinner, I was staring into the refrigerator recently trying to come up with something to go with barbequed burgers and the light bulb went on. Not just the fridge light, my happy little chef light too. We always have grape or cherry tomatoes, prepared pesto and extra virgin olive oil on hand, and we had some grated mozzarella. I decided to try my hand at a Mini Caprese Salad to serve on the side.
Mini Caprese Salad
24 grape or cherry tomatoes (figure 6 per person)
1 T. pesto
1/3 cup finely grated mozzarella
1 T. olive oil
Halve the tomatoes and mix in a bowl with pesto.
Stir in the mozzarella, then the olive oil.
Put in a pretty bowl and chill.
This is so refreshing and delicious. It goes well with everything ... chicken, steak, fish, burgers. And who am I kidding? It tastes great all by itself right out of the bowl and the real trick is not eating it all before whatever you're serving it with is done. Although it's so fast and easy to make, it's not a problem to stir up more before the family realizes what you did.