Caprese Salad……Midwest (in the Winter) Style

Winter is officially here today.  The good thing is the days will start to get longer.  The bad thing is no homegrown tomatoes and no homegrown basil.  The two things I live for each summer. 

To get me through the winter months I’ve come up with a winter version of Caprese Salad.  We had it tonight with a little pasta dish and some good bread.  We also finished a leftover half bottle of a crisp Sauvignon Blanc I had in the fridge.  Enough for each of us to have a glass.  Pretty yummy.

I first cut up a ripe avocado into bite sized pieces.  Then, I quartered some cheery, cherry tomatoes.  If you  keep the cherry tomatoes at room temperature, they almost taste like homegrown. I then tossed in some fresh mozzarella which I cut up into small, bite size pieces.  To dress the salad I drizzled some extra virgin olive oil, added a few shakes of dried basil flakes, and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste.  I tossed it all to coat evenly and Winter Style Caprese Salad was on the table! The days are getting longer. N

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