Look, it's too hot to cook, but the good thing is, there's plenty of ripe fruit and veggies to gorge on. Take a simple caprese salad, for instance: tomatoes, basil, mozz, vinegar, and oil. I love it, you love it, we've all eaten plenty of them. But don't think a caprese has to stop there: use fruit, like peaches, nectarines, and avocados. Use other vegetables, like roasted eggplant, squash, and cukes. The caprese salad is one of the best Italian inventions ever, and I'm not going to let the traditional recipe stop me from going ca-ra-zay with it.
This recipe is so simple, I'm gonna lay it out for you in pics. These amounts will serve 2 non-gluttonous adults a light salad or appetizer, or 1 very sweaty girl a light lunch:
Get a nice, ripe peach and a plum. Any kind of plum will do; I got a black one. Cut 4 or 5 slices of each fruit—you'll still have 3/4 of the fruit left. Get a little basil and tear off a few big leaves and a few tiny ones.
Get 4 slices of fresh mozzarella—this is about half of an 8-ounce ball. Cut the slices in half to make half-circles.
Arrange the peach, plum, and mozzarella slices in some sort of overlapping, alternating fashion. Or just plop them all on a plate. Tuck some basil leaves in and around, and scatter smaller leaves over the top.
Read on to learn about the dressing — and to get the full recipe! — for this Summer salad.