NOTE: Grace got to come home from the hospital today. I’m not sure when she’ll be back online, but I know she’s looking forward to spending the weekend with her boys.
We have a wonderful new restaurant here in Tulsa called Piatto. One of my favorite menu items at Piatto is a very simple dish called insalata Caprese, which means “salad in the style of Capri.”
It’s almost too easy to be called a recipe, but it’s so pretty, tasty, and easy to prepare that it’s an ideal addition to summer menus, and it looks impressive at dinner parties. It’s also cheap: I found a ball of fresh mozzarella at ALDI the other day for $2.49, and Roma tomatoes were on sale for 79 cents a six-pack. The only other ingredients you need are basil (fresh or dried — restaurant-style salad uses fresh, but if you don’t have any on hand, dried will do in a pinch) and Italian dressing.
Halve the ball of mozzarella and cut it into quarter-inch-thick slices. Wipe off the knife and slice up two Roma tomatoes. Arrange the cheese and tomato slices on a plate, sprinkle with a little basil, and drizzle with Italian dressing.
♥ Chef’s note: If you have any balsamic vinegar and olive oil on hand, use a light drizzle of each in place of the salad dressing for a more restaurant-style taste.