Saturday, July 21, 2012

Caprese Pasta Salad: a recipe

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.  ~Lewis Grizzard

Caprese (That's, cah-PREHY-zay) Pasta Salad

I want to tell you about an Italian staple that anyone can throw together and everyone will enjoy. It's the ever-popular Caprese Salad (see pronunciation guide above and, for the love of Pete, please don't say, "Ca-PREECE" because you may be in danger of being made fun of, like I was. heehee). There's not much skill in preparing this meal; it's in the selection of foods that people usually get messed up. As always, just try to get the freshest, most in-season ingredients and don't be scared to splurge a little on the olive oil.

we have an abundance of tomatoes, start there, with fresh maters

some cute little pear tomatoes, sliced in half

added to cherry and plum and Romas

In the Summertime, there is nothing NOTHING that marries each other so well, as the tomato and basil.  It's just the truth.  No one can deny it.  They have this natural chemistry, an earthy arrangement already set up and in place by God.  They work well together, marry each other, and cause many many groans of deliciousness over each and every summer.

The Basil is the STAR OF THE SHOW, so please don't skimp on the basil.  I believe there can never be too much basil, so don't be scared to chop and throw and repeat.  No worries.  It makes the dish.
I used Rice pasta, but any pasta will do, if not on  a GF diet

Oil and Vinegar


the mix

hunks of room temp mozzarella ( "moozareli")

so pretty

I have a cutey pie helper, once again

added to the pasta

African Bush Tea all over her face

with lemon juice

such a fabulous, colorful work of culinary art

Tomatoes(chopped and seeded)
FRESH mozzarella (hunked)
pasta (we use gluten free rice pasta)
chopped fresh garlic
splash of lemon
S&P (to taste, but please be liberal with the pepper)
Olive Oil (liberal)
Balsamic Vinegar (liberal)
(optional additions that I sometimes add - sliced black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts)

Once upon a time a caprese salad, bursting with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella met up with a gluten free pasta salad. They fell instantly in love.



Emmy said...

This is beautiful!!! I'm so ready for our tomatoes to be ready!

tie-dyed doula said...

awww! I think you'll love it :)
thank you!

tie-dyed doula said...

there are a few recent posts with summer veggies in mind. I hope you check those out too and love them as well :)

kerripineapple said...

Thanks for the recipe Shawna girl! I think I must make this! ;)