Caprese salad is traditionally just fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, and tomatoes. Generally balsamic vinegar and olive oil are paired with it as the dressing, but I am just not a balsamic fan, so I drown mine in olive oil alone. I had the notion to put all these ingredients under the broiler, and it was a very tasty idea.
I had such a crazy (but good!) day today. I started by getting up at 4:45 AM to go to a plant trial at a facility that’s an hour away. We had issues, as is usually the case with plant trials, but we got the product we needed to send our customer and that’s what counted. That took until 10 AM, when I drove back to my main work place, our R&D facility, and showed an intern how we do our environmental swabbing because I used to do that in my old job and was filling in while our technician was out this week. Right after that, I had 1 hour to shove some cheese and crackers into my stomach while I answered emails and fixed some paperwork. I had a meeting and left for the day since I was already at 9 hours at 2 PM. I went to the beach with Michael and then we hit a flower shop for some plants and the grocery store for some produce. We got home and ate supper, then I got inspired and made 3 kinds of mini cupcakes for the heck of it. We took Jade on a walk, I showered, and now I’m finally able to write all of this! We dove into our meal, using up the last piece of pita bread to soak up the olive oil, and Michael made some awesome Mahi on the stovetop and added some rosemary to it. Hope you enjoy this version of caprese salad as much as we did!
Broiled Caprese Salad
- 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
- ½ red pepper, chopped
- ½ small onion, chopped
- 4-5 basil leaves, chopped
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Place tomatoes, mozzarella, pepper, and onion in a small, oven-proof dish. Form 1 layer with the ingredients so that they all get time under the broiled. Turn your oven broiler on (low/medium if you have any options). Place dish under broiler for 5-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and tomatoes are softened.
Remove from oven and top with fresh basil and olive oil. Serve with a large spoon or pizza cutter to cut the mozzarella. Serve with fresh bread, chicken, fish, steak, greens, or eat by itself!