Thursday, September 3, 2009

Caprese Salad: a tribute to Soulard Farmer's Market

This is super basic (thought I am not sure my version has anything to do with the generally accepted Italian version), but with all these fresh ingredients from Soulard Farmer's Market - started in 1779... - I've been eating it over and over again for a week. It is so fresh and light...

1 large, fresh, red tomato
1/4 - 1/4 lb fresh mozzarella cheese
~ the Amish sell amazing meat and dairy at Soulard...
5-6 sweet basil leaves
~I will always plug fresh grown herbs, and theyre cheap, too
~the leaves on my plant are each about an inch long, to give you an idea of leaf size
a drizzle of olive oil (about 2 tbsp?)
sprinkle of salt
a large handful of chopped lettuce (make sure its crispy)

secret ingredients:
- 3/4 tbsp dried celery flakes
- 1 tbsp of dried garlic and dried red bell pepper spice
I know these are random, but I got them at a homemade-type spice shop in Soulard, and they make EVERYTHING better... I didn't even know I like celery!

Chop the tomato and sprinkle salt over top.
Cut up the mozzarella cheese into 1/2 in cubes
cut up the basil leaves and add
Throw in the lettuce; drizzle oil and spices over top.
Let sit for about 10 minutes because the spices are dehydrated and need to sit with the juices to get the full effect.

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