Cantaloupe, Mint and Smoked Mozzarella Caprese Salad + 5 Caprese Links for Summer!

 

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I receive two cooking magazines each month: Bon Appetit and Cook’s Illustrated. I look forward to finding them in our mailbox, and I dream about reading them quietly on the deck with a glass of wine in my hands, but in reality I read 1 or 2 pages at night, in bed, before I fall asleep. It takes several days, but I read them cover to cover, turning the corners of the pages where certain recipes have caught my eye. I earmark twenty recipes and maybe make one every other month. Ya, not great, but I am changing that starting today! I pledge to make one recipe, once a month, from each magazine. If they are good; I will share them with you. The fantastic recipe I tried this month comes from the June 2014 Bon Appetit. If you love caprese salad, and you’re a bit adventurous this recipe is for you!

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Cantaloupe, smoked mozzarella and mint make up this fun caprese salad. I can’t say enough about how good the fresh mint tastes with the cantaloupe and smoked mozzarella. The mint makes the salad so bright and refreshing. Since this salad has just a few ingredients, it is important that all the ingredients are super fresh and high quality. I am a firm believer that when cooking, the better the ingredients the better the end product. A drizzle of good quality olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper bring this salad together. Bubba and I loved it. I bet you will too.

Caprese Salad with Cantaloupe, Mint and Smoked Mozzarella

recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appétit

Serves 2 generously, 4 as a light appetizer

Ingredients:

1 ripe cantaloupe, seeded and sliced

1/2 pound of fresh, smoked mozzarella, thinly sliced

1 bunch of mint leaves, thinly sliced

fresh ground black pepper

Sea Salt

Good Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

Slice the cantaloupe in half, seed it and remove the rind. Slice the fruit and set aside.

Thinly slice the mozzarella and set aside.

Remove mint leaves from stem and thinly slice. Set aside.

Find a serving platter and arrange the cantaloupe and mozzarella. Add the mint leaves. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

5 Caprese Salad Links You Should Check Out!

I made this caprese salad with kale pesto last summer and everyone loved it! Head over to Sprouted Kitchen for the recipe. This is by far one of my favorite blogs.

If you love avocado, you should check out Foodie Crush’s Avocado Caprese Salad. Yum!

C’s favorite fruit is watermelon so I am hoping she will eat How Sweet It Is Honey Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salad. This is definitely on my list of salads to make this summer.

This caprese salad served in phyllo baskets looks like the perfect appetizer to serve at your next summer gathering. Head over to Drizzle and Drip for the recipe.

Take advantage of strawberry season and make a strawberry caprese salad. Delicious Happens has the mouth-watering recipe.

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