Take advantage of the seasonal bounty, and gather your tomatoes together to make a batch of this delicious killer marinated tomato salad recipe. It’s a little bit sweet, a whole lot of savory, all tossed in a juicy tomato salad base- making it simple Summer meal magic.
This strawberry and goat cheese bruschetta makes elegant summer entertaining effortless. Sweet strawberries, tomatoes, and basil compliment the earthy goat cheese. The tart fruity flavor of balsamic vinegar and olive oil blend the tastes together for a delightful dish perfect for entertaining.
This healthier spin on traditional tacos is perfect for this time of year. Taco stuffed tomatoes are delicious, deliver all the traditional flavor you crave, and make yummy use of seasonal produce. Saving money, savoring flavors- that’s what I call a real recipe win!
These easy bacon cream stuffed tomato tulips are the perfect bouquet to give to Mom this Mother’s Day. Why give her a bouquet of flowers that are only pretty to look at when you can give her this beautiful bouquet that’s delicious too?
Do you ever just need to eat something refreshing? Where each bite is a vibrant explosion of fresh flavor for your tastebuds? Every now and then I start to crave just that. Especially during the annual post-holiday over-eating guilt trip. But, I’m not always that great with the whole self-control thing in between meals, and I’ve never been able to sacrifice taste for fewer calories. Luckily, little beauties like this recipe exist so that I don’t have to.
Whether you’re looking for a yummy snack, or a healthy dessert, this is sure to do the trick.
Cucumber Grape Salad and a Light Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing
recipe adapted from Oh, Sweet Basil
2 cups grapes, we prefer black but red or green should work also
2 cups baby cucumbers, sliced
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
For the Dressing
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup strawberry flavored Greek yogurt
1-2 tsp poppy seeds
salt to taste
1. In small bowl, combine all of the dressing ingredients and stir until fully incorporated. Season with salt to taste. We used a scant pinch.
2. In another, larger bowl, toss the cucumbers, grapes and tomatoes with a few drizzles of the dressing until every thing is well coated but not so much so that everything’s swimming in the dressing. Chill or serve immediately. If you’re making this for a crowd, it can be made up to a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until needed.
Cheese. Cheeeeeeeese. Glorious cheese. Let’s take a moment to reflect on that. A moment of silence for cheese.
Our family loves cheese. In all it’s types, colors, flavors. In all it’s cheesy glory. We might even have a mild case of cheese addiction. Ok, we do, and ‘mild’ is probably an understatement. But, can there really be such a thing as too much cheese? Definitely not.
That being said, we all love a good, crisp, slightly crunchy grilled cheese with an ooey, gooey melty center. You know that part where you cut it in two, or in quarters, and pull out strings of cheese that could stretch forever when you try to take that first bite? Yeah, that’s my favorite part. My kids’, too.
As I’ve grown, you know into a ‘responsible adult’, there are some things from my childhood I’ve never been able to let go of. Despite all the changes of adulthood & parenthood, my love for a grilled cheese has not abated or been diminished. Luckily for me, my kids have inherited that same affinity. However, in an effort to appear grown up when I devour one, I’ve tried very hard to create and make ‘grown up’ grilled cheese sandwiches. I couldn’t leave them behind, but I did have to make sure they, at least some of the time, appeared to evolve with me.
Caprese Grilled Cheese is one of my favorite ‘grown-up’ versions to date. Everything I love about the original, but heartier. The butter, parmesan crust creates the perfect ‘crunch’ when bitten into. This sandwich offers everything a grilled cheese purist would expect, but has the power to convert all new fans with it’s fancy, shmancy new style. What’s the fun in being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes too? Here’s the perfect cheesy compromise. Eat like an adult, enjoy it like a kid.
The recipe below is for 2 sandwiches, but it easily doubles, or even triples. So don’t let that hold you back!
Caprese Grilled Cheese
- 4 thick slices of french bread
- 2-3 tomatoes, sliced
- 6 oz. mozzarella, sliced or shredded
- 8-10 fresh, large basil leaves
- 2-3 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- balsamic vinegar, optional
- Heat a large skillet to medium heat.
- Spread butter on one side of all four slices of bread. Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the butter.
- Put all four pieces of bread, buttered side down into the skillet.
- Lay, or spread, mozzarella on all pieces of bread.
- Cover with a lid to keep the heat in and melt the cheese.
- Once the cheese is melted, lay the basil and sliced tomatoes on top of the cheese.
- If using vinegar, drizzle a tiny bit ( I use 1/2 tbsp) over top of the tomatoes now.
- Assemble the sandwiches by putting the tops on.
A robust homemade marinara sauce slow cooks its way to perfection and tastes better than any expensive store bought sauce. This easy crock pot marinara sauce can be made in a big batch so you always have some on hand to dunk mozzarella sticks into or top your favorite pasta with.