Caprese Salad

It’s simple and it’s delicious. Use the best olive oil you can find, freshly cracked sea salt and good quality pepper, and a really fresh, ripe, juicy tomato. You know where to get the basil.

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2 big fresh summer tomatoes*                          $1.00

1 tablespoon freshly cracked pepper             $0.10^

1 tablespoon sea salt                                              $free(ish)

4 ounces fresh mozzarella                                   $1.32

8 leaves fresh basil                                                 $free (from your herb garden!)

2 tablespoons good olive oil                              $0.40**

Total cost:                                                                  $2.82 for two great salads!

Slice the tomatoes in thick slices, approximately 1/2 inch. Cut the mozzarella into slightly thinner, but still thick slices. Arrange these alternatively and artistically on a salad plate. Crack the salt and pepper over the cheese and tomatoes. Arrange the basil leaves. Drizzle with the olive oil just before serving and ENJOY!

*Don’t limit yourself with just regular tomatoes. We love heirloom tomatoes – they’re so ugly, they’re pretty, and the taste is phenomenal. Ina Garten suggests the following for a caprese salad: “big, thick slices of good red summer tomatoes plus chunky wedges of green zebra tomatoes and halved small yellow pear tomatoes.”

^Play around with different kinds of pepper too. We love Penzey’s spices, where we’ve found some great different peppercorns with distinct flavors.

**The price here can really vary based on your definition of good and how much you’re willing to pay. If you’re shopping at Dean and Deluca, 2 tablespoons may be much more expensive. Since you’re on 2frugalfoodies, we would suggest TJ Maxx. Everyday selections on Olive Oil are pretty good, but occasionally you’ll find something GREAT!

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