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CLASSIC CAPRESE SALAD

ITALY'S SUMMER TOMATO SALAD

INGREDIENTS:

12 to 14 cherry tomatoes, cut in half, or 6 medium tomatoes cut in 1/4" slices 
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh extra virgin olive oil
Regular or infused sea salts (extra for topping)
1/2 lb buffalo mozzarella torn or sliced in 1/2" pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh basil leaves (no stems) 

Note: Try using a variety of fresh-from-the-farm tomato types for colour and flavour

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium bowl, gently toss tomato pieces with 1 tbsp oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Place slices (or halves) on a large plate or platter. Sprinkle a generous amount of sea salt, to taste. Place cheese over tomatoes. Drizzle generously with remaining olive oil. Top with basil leaves. Then add a generous drizzle of dark balsamic across the entire plate or platter. Serve as a side or with country bread as a light meal or appetizer.