Bacon Caprese Salad


Nothing beats a fresh tomato from the garden. As a young girl, I could not stand fresh tomatoes. I was fine with the cooked tomatoes, I just couldn’t stomach the fresh tomatoes. I think part of the problem was I wasn’t properly introduced to fresh tomatoes. I should have sampled ones first from my family’s garden or from a farmer’s market. I have since learn a really good fresh tomato can taste awesome.

One of my favorite ways now to enjoy a fresh tomato now is in a caprese salad – fresh basil and tomatoes with slices of fresh mozzarella with a generous drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I have also learned in adulthood that fresh mozzarella is pretty awesome too. I like to get mine from Sam’s Club and it even comes pre-sliced!

Today, I am sharing an even better way to enjoy a caprese salad – with the addition of bacon. It’s kind of like a cross between a BLT sandwich and a caprese salad. However, the L from the BLT is not lettuce. Instead, it is spinach.

Enjoy those amazing tomatoes while you can with this flavorful fresh salad! I have another tomato recipe for you all tomorrow, so be sure to stop by again!

Bacon Caprese Salad | realmomkitchen.com

Bacon Caprese Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 3 plum or roma tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup fresh basil, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Arrange spinach to cover you serving platter or individual plates.
  2. Then arrange cheese and tomatoes over the bed of spinach.
  3. Sprinkle bacon, basil and green onions over the salad.
  4. Just before serving, drizzle salad with vinaigrette; sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 8-12.

Recipe adapted from Simple and Delicious June/July 2013 issue.

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