Summer On a Plate, Insalata Caprese Salad

by Michael on July 29, 2012 · 2 comments

in Recipes,Salads,Side Dishes,Vegetarian

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Summer. It’s not hard to describe. Usually it brings to mind vacation. Lazy days at the beach or lake with little on you mind. I remember the anticipation of hitting the waves in early May. When I was young, it was with my brother as we grew up in Westhampton. As I got older it was with still great friends and my bride of 24 years out at Ocracoke Island. That anticipation has always gotten me through the bleak late winter months.

But one thing, above all, has meant summer to me. The simple homegrown tomato. And this dish is just about my favorite food (just behind a sandwich of white bread toast, tomato and mayo).

As odd as it might sound, the tomato is an anchor in my life. It is a staple in a lot of what I cook. It”s also a memory that pushes me forward. I can’t tell you how many tomato sandwiches my Mom and I shared when I was a kid.

Gut Clark once sang “Ain’t nothing in the world like a homegrown tomato.” I can’t agree more.

The simplest way to serve them is sliced and dressed with olive oil, fresh basil and garlic salt. And yes it has to be garlic salt. Mom once told me that is just the way it is done.


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1 Norm King July 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

yes! one grandma used to put a little sugar on them, too. and salt on apples…


2 Norm King July 29, 2012 at 3:01 AM

and the garlic salt insures even distribution of the garlic flavor–chopping garlic on the small scale is almost more trouble than it’s worth, even for me…


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