Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Olympics and Balsamic Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Gypsy Slow Down

This is one of my favorite parts of summer. When the tomatoes come in and my basil is tall and green, this is my go-to salad. I like to throw this together when I get off work and I need a snack before dinner is ready or on a lazy Saturday afternoon with a cold drink.

I made this last night before we ran errands and before we watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. I don't think I've sat down and watched the Olympics since I was a kid. Growing up, my parents never wanted to have a TV, we only had a super small monitor with a VCR where we would watch movies, usually old black and white ones. That was my favorite part of Friday, when my Mom would take my sisters and I to the library and we would each pick out movies to watch over the weekend. Looking back, it's funny that as a ten-year-old my favorite actors were Carey Grant and Ginger Rogers. But I love that part of my childhood and I love that Witt comes home sometimes and I'm enthralled in "Carefree," which he then tries to watch with me but usually falls asleep. During the Olympics though, my dad would take out the big bunny ear antennas and put them on top of the TV and my Mom would crinkle foil for each side and we were able to pick up the Olympics. We were always allowed to stay up to watch Ice Skating in the Winter and Gymnastics during the Summer Games. Those are still my favorite sports to see.

Gypsy Slow Down

So proud of Witt and his amazing garden this year! I am loving the fruits of his labor. Check out the little garlic we grew. And the golden cherry tomatoes, oh yes.

Here is the recipe for the most delicious taste of summer.

Balsamic Tomato Mozzarella Salad

3 medium tomatoes
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella (the kind with the liquid in the package)
A good amount of fresh basil, about 1/2 cup chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and Pepper

Combine vinegar and olive oil. Toss with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and season generously with salt and pepper.

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