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Caprese Garden Salad

When I entertain people in the summertime, the last thing I want to do is cook over a hot stove. So I turn to my garden and create fresh, simple dishes from there! I have tons of basil and some tomato plants, and caprese garden salads are always a huge hit with family and friends.

This is a no brainer! All you need from the grocery store is some high-quality olive oil (when using few ingredients, always use the best, freshest ingredients available), kosher salt, and mozzarella.

I like to make little stacks of mozzarella and tomatoes (layer mozzarella in between thick slices of tomato) and use a cute skewer to add the basil. Make enough caprese stacks for guests to have one (or two!) each and place all of them on a platter. Drizzle your        high-quality olive oil and kosher salt over all of the stacks and place in the middle of the table.

Use small, simple bowls and containers with varying textures to display herbs and tomatoes on the table with your caprese garden salad. They’ll make for pretty decoration, which you can also eat!

If you want to get really creative, you can create your own “caprese garden plant” that will keep your guests fed all summer long! Pick a beautiful container.

Fill it a little more than halfway with potting soil. Then take one medium-size tomato plant (there are lots of varieties to pick from) and place in the container. Place two to three basil plants around the base of the tomato plant in the container. Fill in the crevices with remaining potting soil. Place in a sunny spot and keep well watered. Get ready for fresh, just-picked-from-the-garden caprese garden salads!

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