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Got fresh tomatoes? Try this simple summer favorite. You won't be disappointed!

Quick Caprese Salad

Is there really anything better than fresh summertime tomatoes? I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of them this time of year. I love them as an afternoon snack, I love to add them to sandwiches and salads, and I love to make bruschetta and salsa. I pretty much eat them daily when they are in season.

During today’s Cooking from the Garden program, I demonstrated a classic Italian dish: Caprese Salad. This salad is a summer favorite. It’s light, full of flavor, and is so stinking easy to make. Not to mention it looks beautiful when plated!


Quick Caprese Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes (that’s what I’m talking about!)


6 medium-ripe tomatoes

4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese

6 large basil leaves

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon balsamic or red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Cut tomatoes and mozzarella into bite-sized pieces.

2. Stack basil leaves and roll into a cylinder. Cut into thin ribbons with kitchen shears or sharp knife. Sprinkle ribbons over the salad.

3. Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar. Drizzle dressing over the salad and sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper. Serve immediately.

Makes 6 Servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 112 Calories; 8g Fat; 3g Saturated Fat; 12mg Cholesterol; 6g Protein; 6g Carbohydrates; 1g Fiber; 124g Sodium.

Download this recipe here along with a few other tips related to buying, storing, and prepping Arkansas Fresh Tomatoes!