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Monday, June 20, 2011

Caprese Inspired Chopped Salad

I have arrived in the Big Easy. A land overflowing with Costco and Target. A land of supermarkets the size of villages and full of ingredients I can't readily get in Israel. But before I had a chance to make a million recipes with blueberries and asparagus the heat struck and all I could eat was salad. This salad was inspired by the famous Italian Caprese salad which is just simply tomatoes that are at their peak of delicious ripeness, fresh Mozzarella and basil seasoned only with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. My in-laws have huge,overflowing basil plants that waft the scent of summer and combined with beautiful Campari tomatoes from TBSITW (the best store in the world=Costco) that were ripening on the counter I put together this salad that was a delicious accompaniment to a fresh fish dinner. Enjoy!

1 heart Romaine lettuce
1 avocado, cubed
6 Campari tomatoes, sliced
1 cup chickpeas
1 cup cubed fresh Mozzarella
8 leaves basil, sliced thin
Packaged or fresh pita chips, crumbled

Dressing:
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp whole grain dijon mustard
1/4 tsp honey
salt and pepper

Arrange the vegetables in a bowl. Whisk the dressing ingredients together well and season with salt and pepper. Toss the dressing with the salad and crumble the pita chips on top. Enjoy!


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