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Caprese Salad

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Ingredients (8)

  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 large ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 3 basil leaves (torn)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • course sea salt
  • ground black pepper

I like Caprese Salad but its something I rarely order when I go to eat. Mainly because I rarely order a salad but I also feel some restaurants put out a bland dish of tomatoes and mozzarella, sprinkle some salt and ask for 7 bucks. So when I first made a Caprese Salad I decided to add a small twist. In advance I cook a clove of garlic (chopped) in olive oil for about two minutes. Let the olive oil cool then add your chopped basil and parmesan. Let everybody bathe in the olive oil for a few hours then pour over your salad when ready to serve. You don’t have to put all the garlic on the salad as your olive oil will be infused with the taste of garlic. There are many other things you can do like add some olives or balsamic vinegar, be creative and enjoy.

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Instructions

  1. 1Heat garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 2-4 minutes, do not allow garlic to become brown. Set aside and allow oil to cool.
  2. 2Add torn basil and parmesan, let set for an hour or longer (if you don’t have the time you can use immediately but the oil will have a stronger flavor the longer its allowed to sit.
  3. 3Place tomatoes and mozzarella on dish, staggered and alternating. Drizzle oil mixture over the tomatoes and mozzarella.You don’t have to place all the garlic over the salad as the main point is to infuse the garlic flavor into the oil. If you are a garlic lover and don’t plan on making out with anyone for the next 24hours, go crazy.
  4. 4Sprinkle sea salt over the dish and take a few turns of the pepper grinder to taste.
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