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Mozzarella Caprese Salad with Egg & Avacado

Written By: Chris - Aug• 08•13

Fresh Basil is in abundance and so ’tis the season for Caprese salads!  Caprese is a simple salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil.  In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto, which means that it’s a starter.  Around our house we prefer ours with balsamic vinegar and I sometimes add garlic.  For a recent gathering, I added a twist to the usual by using some other items that I had on hand.  I was inspired to make this dish by my friend Jen who had served it previously at one of her gatherings.  It’s so simple, yet delicious!

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Ingredients: 

3 or 4 Vine-Ripe tomatoes, sliced thin
2/3 Pound Fresh Mozzarella, (equal amount of slices as tomatoes)
3 Avocados, ripe and sliced thin
4 Eggs, hard boiled and sliced thin
2 Green Onion, sliced
20 Fresh Basil Leaves, julianned
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
2/3 to 1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar, reduced to 1/2 Cup
Coarse Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Pour the balsamic vinegar into a saucepan and place over moderate heat.  Adjust the heat to maintain a steady small simmer and allow the vinegar to reduce slowly.  It takes about a half an hour or so, to lose roughly half of its original volume and the vinegar will start to appear syrupy.  Be sure to watch it closely.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool before drizzling on salad.

Meanwhile, slice the cheese, tomatoes, avocado and eggs.

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Layer alternating slices of tomatoes, sliced egg, avocado and mozzarella onto a shallow platter.  Add the chopped onion and basil and drizzle the salad with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Season to taste with salt and pepper to taste!
Enjoy!
Cheers!
~Chris

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