Our garden produces a variety of tomatoes. Here is one of our favorite ways to enjoy them fresh from the garden. This traditional Italian salad is easy to prepare, a true flavor-flash on the palate, and very pretty when plated.
½ pound fresh mozzarella cheese (sliced ¼-inch thick)
2 large ripe tomatoes (sliced ¼-inch thick)
1 cup fresh basil leaves
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons drained capers (optional)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
You can prepare the salad as shown above or overlap the tomatoes. To overlap, arrange tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil in a circular design around the side of a serving plate. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Sprinkle capers over the top. Capers are optional but I like the extra flavor. Caprese purists will want to leave them off the salad.
Just before serving, drizzle an excellent quality extra-virgin olive oil over the salad. Serve immediately.