I present you with one of summer’s most beautiful and simple salads: Caprese.  With just a few ingredients – tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, good extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper, this salad just might become one of your favorites. 

It lends itself to many variations.  Add a drizzle of balsamic syrup, a spoonful of basil, or sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and chopped olives.  A beautiful start to the meal, this salad can also be the meal on its own.  Wait for the tomatoes to ripen on the wines, pinch off the leave from the basil plant, and arrange on a beautiful platter.  Your eyes and your stomach will be happy with this delight.

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