Cucumber Caprese Salad

  This is my FAVORITE Gotta Have It, Tastes Like Summer, Salad!  This recipe comes from my Mother In Law, except she doesn’t use a recipe, so here goes nothing.  Play with portions as you see fit!

Cucumber Caprese Salad

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  • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 whole Cucumbers, Sliced with a Crinkle Cutter Then Halved
  • 2 cups Fresh Mini Mozzarella Balls
  • ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 5 whole Basil Leaves, Roughly Chopped
  • 1-½ cup Balsamic Vinegar, Reduced

Preparation Instructions

In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes, or until balsamic has reduced and thickened like a glaze. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Wash 2 cups cherry tomatoes, slice cucumbers and do a rough chop on your basil leaves.
In a bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, drained Mozz balls and kosher salt. Toss carefully with balsamic glaze. Serve cold.

  These can also be plated as an appetizer, just put 1 tomato, 1 cucumber half slice and 1 mini mozzarella ball on a toothpick!  Makes a beautiful platter for your summer party!!!!!




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Basil Tomato Mozzarella Melts

My Aunt Gena introduced us to these KILLER sandwiches last summer, which she learned from her oh-so clever, East Coast daughter in law, Karena.  Supper time was rapidly approaching, and I knew I wanted to do something with basil…this was the OBVIOUS winner!

  It’s like Summer in a Sammich people.    Seriously.

How do you like my oh-so technical term: “Sammich”?

  It is defined in the urban dictionary as: 

1. slang for sandwich, used in the case of an extremely good sandwich

Yup, this is a Sammich alright.  YUMMO.

Basil Tomato Mozzarella Melts

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  • 8 pieces Whole Wheat Bread
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter (soft)
  • 4 slices Of A Real Mozzarella Cheese Ball
  • 12 whole Basil Leaves
  • 1 whole Large Tomato, We Like Big Beef From The Garden
  • Kosher salt

Spread 8 pieces out on a baking sheet. Butter 4 of the 8 pieces of bread. Slice Mozzarella cheese and lay on the 4 non butter pieces of bread. Broil for 1-2 minutes, watching closely.
Pull from oven, add a thick slice of tomato, salt to taste, and add a single layer of basil leaves to each sandwich.
Dig in!


Congratulations, Summer has officially just arrived in your mouth.



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