• 2 large ripe tomatoes
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic vinegar

A salad that is colorful with loads of fresh flavor, but hold the lettuce
Tales of the Dinner Belle
By Brenda Stanley
Salads are a great side dish and are of course a healthy way to start your meal, however, salad can often get a little monotonous. I like to mix it up once in a while and make a salad that is healthy, flavorful, and also different. My caprese salad is easy to make and uses only a few ingredients, yet it is so fresh and delicious. I also love the way this salad looks. I spend a lot of time talking about flavors, but how a dish looks is also so important when it comes to enjoyment. This salad is colorful and arranged like a dish in a fine restaurant. I love to grow my own herbs, but you can always find fresh basil in the grocery store. It is what really gives this dish its “out of the garden” flavor. If you have kids, it is amazing how intrigued they are by the colors and arrangement and they are great at helping you put it all together. So it is okay to skip the lettuce once in a while and try something that is not your same old salad.
Belle’s Caprese Salad
2 large ripe tomatoes
8 ounces mozzarella cheese
8 large fresh basil leaves
Balsamic vinegar
Slice the tomatoes and cheese into 16 even slices. Slice each basil leaf in half. Arrange alternating tomatoes, cheese, and basil on 4 individual serving plates. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and let set for at least 15 minutes before serving.