Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chopped Caprese Salad - Spring Garden Party Second Course

 "Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life." - Unknown

    Our Spring Garden Party was moved inside due to days and days of rain.  We started with a beautiful a Double Cream Brie Appetizer Board that is very simple to make.  Each couple shared the appetizer.  Next we moved on to a Chopped Caprese Salad that was light and tasty.  It was accompanied by home made Crusty European Bread that I will share the recipe for later.


Chopped Caprese Salad
Crusty Bread

Everyone loves bruschetta and caprese salad so I decided to serve a light salad that was a cross between the two for our second course.

Chopped Caprese Salad

4-5 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 container marinated mini mozzarella balls
2 T. finely sliced fresh basil
3 T. red wine vinegar
3/8 C. extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
dash black pepper
1 large head romaine lettuce, finely sliced

   Cut the mozzarella balls in half.  Gently toss the tomatoes with the mozzarella balls and the remaining ingredients in a bowl.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes but no longer than a couple of hours.  In serving container place a small handful of shredded romaine then top with the tomato mixture.  Garnish with fresh herbs.  It is too early for my basil so I garnished with fresh oregano from my garden.
   Serve with crusty bread to soak up the extra dressing.

This recipe was likewise ready to be plated.  We had the romaine lettuce in the glasses and the caprese salad in the bowl marinating in the fridge.  The garnish was already washed and wrapped in a paper towel in the fridge.  All we had to do was scoop some caprese salad on top of the romaine and top with a garnish.  So easy and so refreshing.  A piece of bread on the side completed the salad course.

Watch for my next posting with the recipe for the King Crab Meat Cocktail with Dipping Sauces


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1 comment:

  1. First of all, thanks so much for visiting my chocolate world. Your blog is delightful and I wish you had a place right here in St George where I could purchase some of your gorgeous, tempting goodies.
    I will be trying some of your recipes this weekend.
    You asked if I had a store in St. George, unfortunately I don't. I would love to have a reatail store but at my age I think I will stick with the wholesale end of it. However I do sell quite a bit through the internet and through word of mouth so I do get a taste of the retail world. I just love working with the public.
    Have a great weekend!


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