Basil-Mozzarella-Tomato Hors d’Oeuvre
I find that the best way to eat healthy is through simplicity. Few snacks combine simplicity and deliciousness like this one.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients: tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinegar
- Slice the mozzarella and the tomato anywhere from half an inch to an inch thick. If you prefer bite-sized pieces (as pictured above) cut the slices into smaller mouth-sized bits.
- Pick enough basil leaves to match the number of combined mozzarella/tomato slices and place the three items together from the bottom up: tomato slice, mozzarella slice, basil leaf.
- Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over each combo.
The ingredients work really well together. Basil is very aromatic and mixes well with the umami (meaty) taste of tomatoes. Ideally you’ll want an heirloom tomato for a real meaty taste. The mozzarella brings a creamy, sweet flavour on top of those flavours. The acidic vinegar cuts through the richness of the mozzarella and counterbalances the sweetness with a tanginess. Overall, this lightens the dish.
Variation: If you add olive oil, black pepper and sea salt, this dish is typically called a Caprese salad.