Friends – This time of year makes me so excited because I LOVE tomatoes. Maybe it’s because I am half Italian, or maybe it’s because I spent every summer as a kid on my aunt and uncle’s farm where we picked the tomatoes fresh from the garden, or maybe it’s because they taste so delicious and are so good for you. I could eat them like candy. 😆
Tomatoes are high in antioxidants and lycopene, which are great for your immune system. They are also low in calories, high in vitamins A, C and K as well as B6, folate and thiamin, potassium and magnesium, among others. Basil is an anti-infammatory and a great source of iron on par with spinach. Burrata or mozzarella cheese has vitamin A, protein and is high in calcium. All good reasons to indulge!
We have started a little garden this year, and the herbs are popping. We’ve planted several different types of tomatoes to see what grows best in our new home, so in the meantime I am buying heirlooms from the market. At least a few times a week, I make a version of a caprese salad, which my family loves. Sometimes I use fresh mozzarella, sometimes burrata, but always fresh basil from the garden and whatever fresh tomato I have available.
It’s so easy to make! Just slice some tomatoes of your choice, add mozz or burrata and a bit of basil. Drizzle a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with some fresh ground sea salt and black pepper and that is the makings of a delicious salad. It’s good for you, simple and fresh. Here’s a link to the recipe.