As you may well know, I am not a very good cook. However, when I see something that looks relatively easy and does not have a bunch of weird ingredients, I will try it! Thus, my own little version of the Caprice salad!
The other day, on Facebook, I saw a delicious looking Caprice salad recipe. It had lovely layers of tomato, mozzarella cheese, asparagus, and basil. They were stacked – making the colors pop, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Mmmmmm….
I had a friend coming over the next day, so I thought I would try it!
Of course, when I got to the grocery store, there were no big, beautiful, ripe tomatoes…not quite in season. However, there were some fragrant cherry tomatoes that would fit the purpose – I would just need a new presentation! Next, asparagus. I LOVE it grilled! Finally, a trip to the deli for the cheese – it was a little pricey, but not too bad. I also decided to pick up some Italian bread that I could toast in the oven to make it nice and crunchy.
I hopped backed over to the produce when I realized I had nothing for a little dessert. Strawberries and blueberries to the rescue – just a dollop of whipped cream will sweeten them perfectly!
I headed home to make the light and tasty (I hoped) feast! I decided on a completely different presentation, as I wanted to grill the asparagus, which would make them very difficult to chop. So, I added a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, rolled them around in it on a plate, then slapped them on a preheated grill. I wanted just a touch of grill marks.
While they grilled, I halved the cherry tomatoes and chopped the mozzarella into bite sized chunks. These were tossed in a bowl with some light balsamic vinaigrette – Newman’s Own was the brand I had on hand. Sorry, I am not fancy enough to make my own. Oh, and I added some dried basil….you know, the cheap, crappy kind, because I forget to buy any at the store. It worked just fine!
I brought the asparagus in from off the grill and plated them on top of a few leaves of Romaine lettuce, then spooned the tomato/cheese/vinaigrette mixture over the asparagus. The cheese was melted just slightly from the warmth of the asparagus. Yummo!
Finally, after giving the berries a quick wash and chop, I placed heaps of them on a plate and squirted some canned whipped cream on them! HA! Nope, I did not make my own. Seriously, who has the time! So pretty!
My friend and I enjoyed it, and each others company, immensely!