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Caprese Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Caprese Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Back in 2009, my husband and I took a (very, very frugal) trip to Italy. We visited Rome, Florence, and Venice. We fell in love with Italy on that trip and we plan to spend a lot of time there in the future – when we’re done having babies, when those babies are a little bit older, and when we’ve paid off debt and such (though we hope to sneak in another very, very frugal trip sometime in the not-too-incredibly-far-off future).

Our 2009 Italy Trip

It was in Italy that I fell in love with tomatoes (a food I absolutely hated before) – probably because they were everywhere and in everything! Italy is also where I realized the beautiful combination of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves that is Caprese Salad.

To me, Caprese Salad is so quintessentially summer. Add this Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette to it (made using Young Living Essential Oils), and you have a light, fresh, and easy summer side dish. I love to make this to take on picnics or to cookouts with family and friends.

Caprese Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Caprese Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette
 
Ingredients
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Fresh mozzarella, cut into chunks (or you can use little fresh mozzarella balls)
  • Basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt, to taste (I used about ½ tsp)
  • Pepper, to taste (I used about ¼ tsp)
  • 3 drops of Basil essential oil (I recommend using Young Living Essential Oils)
  • 3 drops of Lemon essential oil (I recommend using Young Living Essential Oils)
Instructions
  1. Assemble the Caprese Salad (the tomatoes, the mozzarella, and the basil leaves) in a bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients (red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sugar, garlic cloves, olive oil, salt, pepper, Basil essential oil, and Lemon essential oil) to a blender or a food processor and mix until combined.
  3. Add the Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette to the Caprese Salad and eat up!

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