After nearly three years as a loyal CSA subscriber, I can honestly say, my weekly boxes have converted me in ways I never thought possible. Once upon a time I used to feel lost and overwhelmed by the site of unwanted veggies but now I can honestly say I am a beet buff, a kale craver and most recently a proud tomato lover.
And if it weren’t for the help of my CSA, I don’t think those conversions would have been possible. Week after week, they provided me with bunches of soil dusted root vegetables, luscious leafy greens and perfectly plump tomatoes. And because I wouldn’t dare waste any of it, I had to get creative. And slowly but surely, I became more and more excited to get these items in my box. And today, I will pretty much eat anything.
Now, I know Caprese Salads aren’t anything new. I mean, if you’ve met one Caprese Salad you’ve met them all, right? Well, in this case, I promise that this Caprese Salad is sure to kick things up a notch. The secret ingredient? Kalamata olives. These little suckers change. the. game.
Readers, meet my new favorite salad. New favorite salad, meet my amazing and loyal readers.
3 oz Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
5-7 basil leaves, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar (or more to taste) *traditional balsamic vinegar would work fine here too
Salt and pepper to taste
Throw the tomatoes, cheese, olives and basil into a bowl. Add olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Add more dressing or seasoning to taste.
What I love about this recipe is that it is so darn easy! It’s the perfect dish to bring to a barbecue or pot luck or can be portioned out for a single meal.
The measurements shown above are merely suggestions. Feel free to make this your own. I personally prefer a balanced tomato to cheese ratio as each bite must have a piece of each before it enters my mouth. Which is why I am obsessed with the Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella Cheese from Trader Joe’s because it matches the size of the tomatoes perfectly :)
So for those of who have tomatoes coming out of your ears, here is one more recipe to add to your repertoire. I promise you will love it. I just can’t promise you it will make it to the dinner table before it’s half eaten.