Rosated Tomato Caprese

This colorful dish will be a crowd-pleaser at your next summer outing. This recipe is versatile since it can be served warm or cold. What a great way to put a new spin on an old favorite. What attracted me to this salad is that it looks more rustic than a traditional Caprese salad. The tomatoes show off their own style with some darker and lighter some bursting and some just slightly wrinkled. Its jagged mozzarella cheese chunks just sit in and among the little red cherry tomatoes.

I like it because it is simple with very few ingredients, just what summer calls for! There is an abundance of fresh, garden cherry tomatoes this time of year. Even if you do not grow them yourself, the local farmer’s markets are flush with them. The fresh basil is also easily acquired from either your own herb garden or the farmer’s market.

I love tomatoes and this time of the year I find myself eating them often, however when I eat too many of them raw my tummy rebels. Tomatoes can be acid especially the red ones, so by cooking them you actually help cut down on the acidity. One more reason to love this recipe.

I am excited for my yellow cherry tomato plants to start producing so that I can incorporate them into this recipe, however, these red beauties worked out just fine. I served this dish with some fun cheesy bread however you can also try it with some dark pumpernickel or crusty Italian bread.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pint of Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Ball of Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Handful of Basil
  • 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Tablespoon of Dry Thyme
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/8 of a Cup of Balsamic Vinegar Optional

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the tomatoes
  2. Add in a bowl or plastic bag the tomatoes, a pinch or two of salt, the thyme, and the olive oil
  3. Let them sit in the fridge 30 minutes to an hour moving them around occasionally to coat
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 F
  5. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat mat
  6. Rip or jaggedly cut the Mozzarella cheese and place it in the serving dish
  7. Roast for 15- 20 minutes until tomatoes start to wrinkle
  8. Pour the entire contents of the baking sheet oil and all over the Mozzarella
  9. Garnish with the fresh basil
  10. Add the balsamic vinegar if desired
  11. Salt to taste
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