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Leena Cooks: Melted Caprese Salad

By on Jul 6, 2009 in Leena Cooks, Soup/Salad | 12 comments

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Leena Cooks: Melted Caprese Salad
My favorite breakfast, lunch or dinner in the summer months: melted caprese salad.

We got our first ripe tomato in our CSA box last week, and I’m not gonna lie–I danced a little. My own little fretful version of booty dance that–in some instances–could be just as painful as Chinese water torture. Needless to say, it takes a lot of freaking joy to get me to booty dance, which that tomato brought. It also takes a little Jay-Z. While living in Australia, I had discovered the joy of making pesto from scratch, and turned into a junkie. I used any excuse possible to slather pesto over something delicious, and one day, I just so happened to have some fresh mozzarella and a ripe tomato chillin’ in my kitchen. I’m probably not the first to think of this, but I sliced the tomato and layered it with olive oil, s&p, a slice of moz, and schmear of pesto. I created three layers and shoved it in the oven until the cheese started to melt and the tomato softened just a bit. In five minutes, I had a delicious, slightly melted caprese salad that made a filling breakfast and later, a light dinner. I also happen to be getting a lot of garlic scapes in my weekly csa, and I recently experimented with a delicious garlic scape pesto for my food & drink podcast, Chicken ‘n Waffles. So I recreated my Australian melted caprese salad, only I substitute my garlic scape pesto with regular basil pesto, and added a leaf of fresh basil to still get that sweetness I love so much.

Leena Cooks: Melted Caprese Salad
Layer one: tomato slice, s&p, mozzarella, garlic scape pesto, basil. Repeat.
Leena Cooks: Melted Caprese Salad
What happens after you “repeat” a few times.
Leena Cooks: Melted Caprese Salad
Final product, with crostini.

I served this version with some crostini, but it tastes equally as good with a knife and fork. Good enough to booty dance. Thankfully, no cameras were around at that point. ~LTG! **************************** Other versions of warm caprese salad I found on “The Internets” Chowhound Scrumptious Blog Giada’s Caprese Crostini

Leena Cooks: Melted Caprese Salad

12 Comments

  1. Mia

    6 Jul ’09

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    I want. I am going to make a caprese salad sometime this week. Your pictures motivate me.

  2. Mia

    6 Jul ’09

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    I want. I am going to make a caprese salad sometime this week. Your pictures motivate me.

  3. leenatrivedi23

    6 Jul ’09

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    Nicole~Thanks!

    Mia~Let me know how it turns out. Glad to motivate!

    Kalyn~Thanks for visiting!

  4. leenatrivedi23

    6 Jul ’09

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    Nicole~Thanks!

    Mia~Let me know how it turns out. Glad to motivate!

    Kalyn~Thanks for visiting!

  5. Mark

    7 Jul ’09

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    That looks awesome. I’m going to try it when my homegrown tomatoes come in. But I do have to say that I LOVE garlic scapes. I just pan fry them in olive oil until they carmelize and toss them with some sea salt. It’s so delicious. I’d go on an all garlic scape diet if it wouldn’t tear my intestines to shreds.

  6. Mark

    7 Jul ’09

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    That looks awesome. I’m going to try it when my homegrown tomatoes come in. But I do have to say that I LOVE garlic scapes. I just pan fry them in olive oil until they carmelize and toss them with some sea salt. It’s so delicious. I’d go on an all garlic scape diet if it wouldn’t tear my intestines to shreds.

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