Saturday, July 31, 2010

I like it raw

Ok, so it's raw foods week over at IHCC. I have to admit, the whole raw foods movement makes me shake my head. Maybe it's only because one of the most vocal spokesman of the whole affair is Woody Harrelson. Don't get me wrong, I dig Woody. He was funny on Cheers and I enjoyed Zombieland, but I don't care about how he eats. The man lives on a private island compound where they produce their own energy and grow all of their own food, so he's not exactly dealing with what most people consider reality. I sometimes wish celebrities would just hide out in their little imaginary universes and be quiet, but then there wouldn't be any Talk Soup or E channel, and I couldn't handle that. So anyway, while this isn't a food lifestyle I'd ever adopt, I certainly appreciate the idea of utilizing fresh local foods in a minimal effort, super fast way. I just couldn't stop singing Wu Tang while I made this salad, shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yeah shimmy yay. I'm so hardcore.

This isn't much of a recipe, to which anyone can attest. More like an assemblage, but you know it's good. Make sure, as Mark advises, you get the very best heirlooms you can, the very freshest basil, and some good cheese. Otherwise this easy five minute dish is a waste of five minutes.

Heirloom Caprese Salad
Inspired by Mark Bittman's 101 Summer Salads

2 or 3 heirloom tomatoes
1  ball of fresh mozarella
6-8 basil leaves
olive oil
salt and pepper

Cut tomatoes and mozzarella into thin slices. Arrange in alternating stacks. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and top with a pile of chopped basil.


Pam said...

Your salad looks delicious and I make a similar one. Love the mozzarella and tomatoes together. I used to really like Harrelson, but the guy is bonkers now and gone off the deep end like so many other celebrities I can think of, like Mel Gibson also.

Katerina said...

Beauty can be found in simple things. this salad looks so fresh.

The Paisley Cupcake said...

that seriously sounds so fresh and delicious! We would love to follow your blog and cant wait for your future posts:)
Thanks for the comment.

Debinhawaii said...

There is nothing better than a perfect fresh caprese salad on a warm summer day. A great pick for Raw Foods week. ;-)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Beautiful choice and photo. Is their any more perfect combination of ingredients on the planet than tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil?!

girlichef said...

I want a BIG bite!! Delicious stacking there...and LMAO about Woody...never thought of it like that, but....totally! Delicious choice ;)

Kim said...

I was waiting and waiting for someone to make a caprese salad! So glad you came through ;-) I like the way you stacked yours up. Looks very fresh and tasty and totally screams summer.

P.S. Totally didn't know all that about Woody!