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Caprese Salad Sandwich

It’s been a hot couple of days around here.  When it gets hot, the last thing I want to do is stand around the kitchen with the stove and/or oven blazing away, and the last thing Bikenut wants to do is eat.  Kind of works out well that way, I guess.  Except that I still want to eat!  Tonight, I had a craving for Caprese salad.

I always have to stop and wonder what the heck is wrong with me when I find myself craving foods that I don’t particularly like.  Tomatoes have long been on that list; the only ones I really sort of remotely enjoy are Romas, and their miniature counterparts.  Thankfully, I was able to find the little grape tomatoes at Trader Joe’s with the rest of the ingredients since that’s the store we landed at tonight.  (I’m rarely ever pleased with any of the produce I buy from TJ’s, so this was a very good find in my opinion.)

Bikenut  actually did want to eat something tonight and opted for a deli-style sandwich for dinner, so we stopped by the fresh bread section.  As he decided what kind of bread he wanted, I reminded him that we had ciabatta rolls in the freezer.  I thought to myself that a roll might be nice with my salad, and then thought again, “Hey, why not a Caprese salad sandwich?”  Turns out Bikenut had a Caprese salad sandwich for dinner too, since the lunch meat he thought was in the fridge was gone.

The nice thing about this “recipe” is that it *is* a sandwich, and so there’s no measuring or any fussing.  Just grab what you want, slap it between the slices of bread and eat!  So, here’s the mostly photographic directions, along with the list of ingredients I used, to be tinkered with and applied in the amounts that you prefer. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Bread, 2 slices – toasted (I used a ciabatta roll)
  • Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh whole basil leaves
  • Mozzarella cheese (a big ball of it! sliced into rounds)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper

Directions:

  1. Gather all of your ingredients.
  2. Lightly drizzle the toasted bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Stack the mozzarella, tomatoes and basil on one slice of bread.  Season with salt & pepper.  Top with other slice of bread.
  4. Buon appetito!
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