Recipe for July 26th, 2009
1 pint cherry tomatoes*, halved
4 oz. Mozzarella* (or a market cheese* of your choice) cheese, cut in small pieces
10 basil leaves*, sliced in a chiffonade
6 strips of thick bacon, diced, fried and drained on a paper towel
Place sliced cherry tomatoes, cheese, bacon and basil leaves in a bowl. Sprinkle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and toss. Let this sit at room temperature prior to serving to let the juices collect in the bowl. Sop up the juice with slices of the baguette. This is a very forgiving salad so you can add more, or less, of the ingredients depending on your tastes.
Be sure to use a good olive oil. Colavita makes a wonderful olive oil, virgin or otherwise. Your choice. The secret is in the balsamic vinegar. Again, Colavita has an aged balsamic that is very good. If you want to splurge (ask for this for Christmas) order Minus 8, a hand-crafted wine vinegar made in Canada.
* Ingredients can be found at the market