I have pretty much killed every plant I have ever bought but the one thing I can grow is fresh hearty herbs. There are two things I love in the summer ..#1 fresh mint in my Iced Tea and #2 Fresh Basil for a caprese salad. That is my idea of living! If you have never had a Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze you don’t know what you are missing . This salad is very simple to make but it is also beautiful and impressive to serve. This salad can be assembled ahead of time and then drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze right before serving.
What is needed to make a Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze
- Fresh ripe tomatoes , if they can be bought at a local farmers market they are even better
- A few fist fulls of fresh basil
- Sliced fresh mozzarella
- Olive Oil
- Fresh cracked pepper and sea salt
- Balsamic Glaze
This is my basil I have been growing. All I do is water it everyday and make sure it gets plenty of sun and BAM a big beautiful fragrant bush of basil leaves. Just the smell of fresh basil makes my mouth water, LOL.
You can buy balsamic glaze already made but it can be a bit pricey, I always make my own. It’s not hard but just takes a little time and ventilation. One cup of balsamic vinegar to one tablespoon of sugar should reduce down to about a 1/3 of a cup of glaze. This is super easy to make just add one tablespoon of sugar to one cup of vinegar and bring to a boil than reduce to a simmer. Make sure your vent hood is on and you have plenty of ventilation. This glaze will reduce by a little more than half and should coat a spoon. Let the glaze cool completely before using and it will thicken even more when it is cool.
This can be plated for a crowd or individuals. Layer sliced tomatoes and sliced fresh mozzarella .The Basil can be left whole and wedge it between the layers or sliced . Right before serving salt and pepper it then drizzle olive oil and balsamic glaze.
Trust me you will be in love with this simple salad.
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