Extra, Extra! The Captain’s Caprese Salad

suitNtie’s brother was up for the holidays and we had Christmas dinner at our house. We changed the menu just a bit and one of the things we added was a Caprese salad. The Captain (he asked for the kids to refer to him this way instead of uncle, but it didn’t take) took charge of the salad. He and I drank some good wine while we puttered around the kitchen having a good time.

In any case, his Caprese blew my mind. I asked him to recount all the ingredients for me and at least had the foresight to take a pic before I licked the plate clean. One thing I am not gifted at is making up my own recipes on the fly. I can follow a recipe, and vary off it it a little, but rarely can I make my own up. The Captain seems to do this with ease. 🙂 Good thing I married into this family, right?

Vinagrette: (whisk all ingredients together to pour over arranged salad)
2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. fresh parsley, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tsp olive oil
splash of dry vermouth

6 tomatoes, sliced
2 logs fresh mozzarella, sliced
fresh basil leaves

Put over salad once it has been dressed with the vinagrette:
salt and pepper to taste
zest of half a lemon
a few shakes of parmesan cheese
pinch of crushed red pepper