Caprese Salad with Cucumbers
It’s that time of year again. The time of year where you see salads everywhere. Pasta salad, macaroni salad, egg salad, potato salad and this little gem here: Cucumber Caprese Salad.
I’ve been on a salad kick for the last week and a half. I’ve had macaroni and potato salad at a Father’s Day BBQ and I’ve made a salad for lunch everyday. This one might just be my favorite salad so far of the season!
I can’t wait to start grilling this summer. I have a tiny camping grill because our full sized grill finally broke down. I’m still trying to figure out how to attach the propane… don’t laugh. Once I figure it out you better believe I’ll be grilling with the best of them on a tiny grill. I want to grill veggie burgers, eggplant, tofu skewers and even juicy peaches.
Summer is about to finally begin for me. I’ve been taking a summer class for school, Digital Photography and it has been a blast. I am almost sad for it to end. My professor has been absolutely amazing and I look forward to more of her classes. Her encouragement and wise words have helped me and my photography blossom. I’ve been working on my very last photo project for school: A photo essay. A photo essay is a technique in which photojournalists utilize to help them tell a story or prove a point. For my project I went to various farmers’ markets in the area and my story revolves around the Michael Pollan quote above. As a huge advocate of local food I am drawn to the people and places that provide such lovely produce, like these carrots and radishes. The quote did not have to be there for my class, I just thought it fit perfectly with the image and decided to add it.
Speaking of photography, I was rushed while taking the picture of the salad. It is not how I envisioned it at the time. I’ve learned that photographers must be patient and sometimes will have to wait for the right moment. In food photography this usually refers to the right amount of daylight to hit your window. Sometimes we don’t have that luxury, people are hungry and waiting!
Photographing people and events is new to me, I am learning more everyday and I am falling in love with the way that I grip my camera, clutching it lovingly into my chest when not in use.
I took the original premise of a Caprese Salad and added a cool and refreshing cucumber to the mix.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 10
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
1 large cucumber, chopped
1 cup basil
1 cup mozzarella pearls
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
Pepper and salt, to taste
Chop the cucumber and shred the basil, add to a medium sized bowl. Add the tomatoes and the mozzarella pearls. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, pepper and salt. Drizzle with the olive oil and chill before serving.