One of my favorite things in the world is a fresh caprese salad. The combination of melt in your mouth fresh mozzarella cheese along with ripe tomatoes, fresh picked basil, and a drizzle of good olive oil is just amazing! I love to make this salad at home, and I try to sample it at a new restaurant whenever I see it on the menu. My husband and I recently grabbed a bite to eat at a restaurant and wine bar called Grapes & Tomatoes. One of their featured items on the menu was a grape tomato caprese salad. I thought the idea of adding grapes to a traditional caprese salad sounded a little odd, but I definitely wanted to give it a try. Let me tell you...the addition of grapes in this salad is absolutely divine. The grapes were so sweet and bursting with flavor, creating the perfect addition to the creamy and salty mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil. Give this caprese salad with a twist a try and you may never go back to the traditional again!
Makes 1-2 servings
1 cup very ripe, dark purple grapes
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup mozzarella pearls
1 bunch fresh basil, chopped in thin strips
Good olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine all ingredients together and top with freshly ground pepper and a sprinkle of salt. Drizzle with olive oil to taste.