Well, here we are! It's Friday, and again we have a wonderfully simple recipe for FFWD. Days have been hot and humid here, and I have been so busy in my garden. It was great not to have to spend a lot of time preparing a meal. After all, summer is the time for quick meals, easy entertaining and barbecues! Easy is always the primary goal! I had just gone strawberry picking last week, so it was great to use up some of those beautiful ripe strawberries. The flavors in this salad are so bright and complimentary.
This is the kind of salad I love eating during the summer. I bought some lovely fresh mozzarella cheese, at the market the other day, anticipating this salad. I love the creaminess of fresh mozzarella! I then gathered my strawberries and tomatoes, sliced them and put them in a bowl with a sprinkle of salt, some fresh cracked pepper and a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil. That's it for the prep of the berries…slice the cheese, arrange on a plate, put a helping of the berry mixture on the plate, sprinkle some shredded basil leaves (which I picked from my garden) over the strawberries! A quick sprinkle of fresh cracked pepper and a bit of olive oil. That's it! Beautiful! Satisfying! And oh so delicious! Dorie suggested cracked red pepper. I didn't have any in the house so black had to do! So if you're looking for something easy for a nice lunch or a nice salad to serve along with dinner, this may be it! You can find the recipe in Dorie Greenspans cookbook "Around My French Table". You can buy it at Amazon using on my link!