…how else would we spend the weekend?! Sometimes the day ends and cooking something over a hot stove just doesn’t work. It’s too warm and you wanna keep from your face melting off. Today was indeed, one of those days. Hot. I decided to keep things cool and make a take on a simple marinated salad. My Mom used to make me marinated salads often with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. I loved it! I could eat it anytime and so, this Italian marinated salad was born with some of those same flavors, also adding some others I turn to often. Texture and festive were required, and we had no choice but to break-out our melon baller!
We are going to merge ingredients of a fresh caprese with a marinated salad, to end up with one light pre-dinner dish. If you’ve been purposefully trying to avoid your stove all weekend like I have, then this one’s for you! We’re talking baby heirloom tomatoes, mini cherry-size fresh mozzarella, cucumber, basil, sweet onion, and a quick marinade featuring balsamic and basil extra virgin olive oil. mmmm mmmm.
Our salad will host some similarly shaped ingredients, giving us a cold creation worthy of a summer evening amidst the heat. Grab a good baguette and glass of wine and our Sunday is complete.
Let’s get the ball rolling shall we…
This is very simple to assemble and not to mention quite colorful. The Fresh Basil Extra virgin Olive oil (We Olive), made this incredibly delicious. We didn’t need to add too much of any one component because our farmer’s market baby heirloom tomatoes were just down-right ripe. The melon-balled cucumber & cherry-sized fresh mozzarella are playful ways to turn our salad into a summer stunner! You can easily let this sit ahead to become more flavorful, but it is ready to go the second you stir it. I like this one alongside a grilled chicken breast for a simple and healthy dinner. I also loved having our marinated salad with warm slices of a sourdough baguette to dip into the balsamic/EVOO dressing. That might be the best part in my opinion!
It ended up a beautiful weekend, and though warm, we were still able to stay creative in the kitchen. Buon Appetito!Pin It