Caprese Salad - Cooking Light

Caprese Salad

We spent last week-end in Port Hardy. It's a small community at the end of Vancouver Island. My son Mathieu had a hockey tournament. I enjoyed the week-end. The hotel had a suite with full fridge and stove. I cooked for the boys homemade meals. All the other players were eating junk food. I was the only mom that was cooking meals. I guess I can really call myself a foodie. It was to the point where the parents were asking me about what I would be cooking next. One night we had the Fennel and Sausage pasta, that I featured on this blog. One boy had three servings. The next day for lunch we had Split Pea soup and for Dinner mashed potatoes/carrots with Turkey. Even when we are on the road I like to have homemade meals. Is anyone like me?

For this month Cooking Light Virtual Club we are having an Italian feast. I prepared a delicious Caprese Salad. I could not get enough of the tasty mozzarella cheese from a local cheese factory the Natural Pastures Cheese. This cheese is an Authentic mozzarella made of water buffalo milk and is a porcelain white, moist ball of fresh cheese. With fresh basil and tomatoes, a drop of olive oil and this was a great lunch for me. I had this salad three days in a row last week-end.

We are experiencing lot's of rain in the Valley this year. January was grey and rainy and February has not been better. I can't wait for those sunny days to take better pictures. I love to take pictures in daylight with no flash but let me tell you that I was not happy with the weather since the beginning of January. Hope we see the sun soon.

For more Italian recipes please visit these blogs:
More than burnt toast
Aggie's Kitchen
Mom's Cooking Club

Recipe:
Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Salad

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42 comments:

  1. Hi Helene,

    beautiful presentation.
    Easy and delicious. Compliment
    Greeting Jacob

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  2. I'd love to be in your family Helene. I love it that you were cooking while the rest were asking 'what's cooking next'!! YUM...
    Love the Caprese too. WOW...the mozzarella sounds absolutely delicious, and you've put it to my favourite use.

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  3. Helene, gorgeous plating and photo...it's one of favorite salads.

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  4. That is just beautiful how the natural light is captured on those teeny weeny caprese salads. You have done well her, my friend!!!

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  5. that salad looks beautiful. Where did you get the plate from?

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  6. This is my favorite kind of Italian salad! Your photo is beautiful Helene! I can relate to the yucky lighting though, we have had bad weather too. Great dish for our theme!

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  7. An Italian classic...simple but so tasty. That cheese sounds and looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing another month of the Virtual Supper Club.

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  8. I love to cook what others would call gourmet even when we are camping, whole others have hot dogs we are having stuffed peppers.This salad looks amazing Helene. Thank you so much for bringing it to our Italian virtual feast.I am still raving.

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  9. Hélène the salad is beautiful..It's funny when we go to Fl.. most go out for meals..we eat in and cook everything also..Our friends ask us what's on the menu:) I love eating at home food we make:)

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  10. I must confess, no...I never cooked when on the road with the kids. On the road meant a temporary vacation from the kitchen. I am so impressed that you do! (Bet everyone else is too!)

    Caprese Salad is a favorite with us! And since I found Ina Garten's recipe for roasted tomatoes, I often do those with it.
    Love your photo!

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  11. Oh my... you are amazing...cooking on a holiday! you sons are extrememly lucky to have a mom like you! eating homecooked food on teh road ...such a loving gesture.

    that salad looks so beautiful in that dish ...it is a gorgeous photo!

    I hope you get better weather soon.:)

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  12. i love this, helene--classic and elegant and delicious!

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  13. Gorgeous Caprese salad Helene. It looks like a plate of little jewels. I always enjoy your Cooking Light posts.

    I cook on vacation too. We enjoying eating out, but too much is too much. I wish more moms were like you and fixed healthy meals instead of allowing their kids to eat so much junk food. I wonder sometimes what those kids will be like when they grow up. So, good for you and I'm glad you had a nice time.

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  14. I love caprese salad! What a gorgeous presentation!

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  15. Helene, no other dish with so few ingredients, taste as fresh and delicious as a Caprese Salad.

    What I love about this salad is that whoever prepares it can present it in their own creative way. Your presentation is spectacular!

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  16. A very elegant picture. I love salad caprese, always reminds me of the Italian flag.

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  17. I know I'm supposed to comment on the food, but that dish is so pretty!

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  18. A gorgeous presentation for a classic dish. I look forward to summer and more caprese salads.

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  19. You're not just a foodie -- you're a terrific mom too, that's why :)

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  20. I can see why you ate this 3 days running. It's such a delicious salad.
    Mimi

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  21. The picture is great, i love the dark plate it's a great presentation.

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  22. I do tend to end up cooking just about anywhere I go. We usually get suites with a kitchen when we go on long trips, and I always cook. Your caprese salad looks fantastic! One of my favorite things.

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  23. This is one of my favorite salads. There is such beauty in it's simplicity.

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  24. Helene, your salad looks so refreshing, adore mozzarella. And its great that you cooked while away from home; I tend to do that too, though there are exceptions at times ;-)

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  25. It's always good to cook from scratch, no matter where you are. The photo of the salad is beautiful.

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  26. The picture was perfect... never saw a better presentation for that salad... kudos!!

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  27. Helene that is such a beautiful photo! I would love to enjoy this just as many times as you did ;)

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  28. Mmmhhh, that is delicious! Great presentation!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  29. Helene this such an outstandingly elegant presentation.

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  30. What a beautiful dish and photo!

    I see that you are from Courtenay. Many years ago, I spent several weeks each summer at the Courtenay Youth Music Camp, which was housed in Vanier High School. I have wonderful memories of those summers and the area!

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  31. Helene~ I sent you an email. I am hoping that I can be a part of the supper club.
    I don't want to just show up for dinner uninvited!

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  32. Yummy, and my favorite ever salad for summer.

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  33. What a delicious salad Helene! It's my all time favourite salad! I could easily eat it three days in a row! :) Love the photos, the buffalo mozzarella looks gorgeous!

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  34. I like the presentation on a black plate. That makes the colors so vibrant.

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  35. The presentation is so beautiful! I like it! The cooking is so amazing!
    dining room tables

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  36. normally, I just read your posts on my reader and I've missed the gorgeous layout... I love it! :) I could really go for a caprese salad right now...

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  37. This little salad looks so healthy and wonderful. Love the colors. Yes, I am like you, when Matthew goes to swim meets, I send healthy things, or I make healthy things for him during the weekend when I also go. We are lucky in that the coach is very big on nutrition during the swim meets so he orders all their food and arranges healthy meals for them while they are gone. Junk food does not cut it with swimmers. Although Matt eats a lot, he is usally eating the right things and not a lot of junk food. He has learned a lot about nutrition being an athelete whose sport goes year-around. There are only two weeks of the year that he is not swimming so nutrition is important.

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  38. I regularly enjoy a light Caprese with my girlfriend. Its one of our favourites. She is great in the kitchen...

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  39. What a great blog to inspire families for healthy cooking. With all the junk food at every turn, it is great to have your recipes for inspiration!

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