Caprese salad is my favorite summer dish, not least because it involves no cooking. If you have beautiful, fresh ingredients, you are just minutes away from a perfect summer meal.
My version contained Jersey tomatoes from the Greenmarket, mozzarella from Murray’s, basil from Garden of Eden, and toasted pine nuts. I put olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the table just in case, but I don’t think either is necessary in the middle of summer when tomatoes are bursting with juice and flavor. With a few ears of sweet white corn and a bit of bread, it was satisfying and, most importantly for me, healthy!
(Confession: I have chocolate chip cookies in the oven to be enjoyed in an hour, when I’ll be starving.)