Heirloom tomato caprese salad

Tomatoes are just coming in, and so there are going to be a bunch of posts extolling their virtues. I’ve got some Cherokee purple, Brandywine, rainbow, and Romas growing in a couple of 4×8 foot plots. When they’re that ripe, the simpler the better.

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If you need a recipe, there are several to be found. It basically consists of mozzarella, basil, tomato dressed with balsamic vinegar, good olive oil and salt. I chose purple basil for this one, and it’s a smaller leaf, a little saltier than regular “sweet basil.” The purple basil isn’t always purple: some of the leaves are green, some are purple, and some are speckled.

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The first one is sliced evenly into rounds and is a more classic presentation.

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The second one is little more deconstructed into sticks. The ratios are the same, but it’s a good trick to use for the tops of these tomatoes which aren’t worth wasting as the stem sits way down in them.

Considering these things go for around 5 bucks a pound, it may just be more cost effective to grow them yourself, and that way you don’t have to worry if the market has any good ones.

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My first Brandywine is tipping the scales at a pound and a quarter. I picked it just a bit green as some critter took a couple of healthy bites out of it’s twin and I had to throw it out.

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