Petite Caprese Salad

April 8, 2012Katie

If you have a cherry tomato plant, you know how wonderfully sweet and delicious they can be. Last summer I had more than I knew what to do with cherry tomatoes.

If you have a dish that you like to cut them up for, you also know how long it can take to individually slice 30 or more of these little suckers!

I did this on my cooking segment on the Rise & Shine show – if you’d like to watch the video – go ahead and click play!


My mom-in-law sent me this trick one day and I’ve been using it ever since.  And if you follow through to the end, you’ll see a quick recipe that I use for my cherry tomatoes.  I’ve been eating this recipe at least twice a week for the past month!

Take two lids, like those from a coffee container or other plastic container.  It works best if they’re the same size.

Sandwich your tomatoes in between them gently pressing down on the top lid.Take a serrated knife that is longer than the lids diameter and while still pressing gently down on the top lid, saw through the whole mess of them at one time!

Now dump your cherry tomatoes into a bowl.  Put in an equal amount of small fresh mozerella balls.  I am addicted to these tiny ones from my favorite new food store –Forward Foods.  Toss in your cut cherry tomatoes.

Splash some balsamic vinegar over top and then drizzle some olive oil as well, using a little bit more olive oil than vinegar, just eyeball it.

Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and then chiffonade up some fresh basil and sprinkle it over top.  Stir everything up real well and let the tomatoes and cheese marinade for 15 minutes at least.

If you can wait that long.

This is just a simple Caprese Salad recipe and I’m so addicted to this salad this summer.  I buy a huge box of grape or cherry tomatoes (due to the fact that my tomato crop was ruined this year!) .  It will make several of these bowls of salad.

And with this quick cutting method for the cherry tomatoes?

I can have it at a moment’s notice.

Katie’s Printable Recipe – Petite Caprese Salad Recipe

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