Summer on a plate, caprice salad

What is this you might ask? A fish? A bird? A plane?

Look closer. That is a home grown tomato, after soaking up the summer sun, is picked, sliced and dried in the oven.

Topped with homemade mozzarella. Yep, made by yours truly.

Topped with basil from the garden. Just a few minutes ago it was waving its leaves under a summer sky watching the lady bugs and wasps fly by. It graciously let me remove a few of its leaves to feed us. (Actually let Melissa pick them. see below) 

And finally, a few drops of my own Italian balsamic vinaigrette. Ahhh.

It feels good.

Caprice salad anyone?

The rest were being eaten  up by hungry grizzly bears. (they looked a lot like my husband, kids and me).

The tomatoes were sliced, layed on a parchment lined baking pan, drizzled with olive oil and baked for at least 2 hours in a 250 dgree oven. Let cool. Top with a slice of fresh mozzarella, some shredded basil and more good olive oil or vinaigrette. Sprinkle with some good salt. Mama-mia, its wonderful.

Be sure to use good tomatoes, from your garden, a friends garden, a farmers market…

Melissa, my third hand
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2 thoughts on “Summer on a plate, caprice salad

  1. OOOOH, yummy! What a delectable salad…and everything grown or made by hand! You ARE a FARMGIRL sister!

    Your 3rd hand, Melissa, is lovely in her apron!

    Thanks for sharing…now if you would only teach me how to make mozzerella, and then ricotta, I’d be as cool as you!

    Love,

    J

  2. I second with Juliebug…. please share the mozzarella recipe! All other mozzarella seems too one dimensional now.

    Thank you again for putting up with me, I had a blast!

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