It’s official: the first heirloom tomato from our garden finally ripened!
Our Mr. Stripey tomato plant has been growing like wildfire – it is honestly over 7 feet tall at this point…probably even taller than that. I’ve been patiently waiting for some of these beautiful heirlooms to ripen, and finally the wait was over. This bad boy probably weighed in at around a pound – heck yes!
Can we talk about the gorgeous color of these? I wanted to grow Mr. Stripey tomatoes because of their gorgeous red and yellow coloration. Their flesh is tender and slightly sweet, but very mild. As soon as I picked this tomato off of the vine, I knew exactly what I would make with it.
To me, caprese salad is oh so perfect for the summer season. It’s so simple, the flavors are awesome, and the texture is creamy and wonderful. For what it’s worth, I could simply eat thick slices of tomato topped with mozzarella and fresh basil leaves from our garden…with a crack of pepper and sprinkle of salt.
But to me, a balsamic glaze drizzled over the top of this combination is absolutely essential. I recommend using an aged balsamic (with a thick texture), or cooking down some regular balsamic vinegar – you simply pour balsamic in a pot and boil gently over medium heat until it is reduced. Or if all else fails, I have seen some balsamic glaze bottles for sale at the grocery store. I won’t judge: I’ve used them myself.
Now that I have delved into the deliciousness of my first heirloom tomato from the garden, I can’t wait for more to be ready to pick! There are at least 5 that are juuuust about ready to turn color. Send me patience, please!
Are you a fan of caprese salad? With balsamic or without?
Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad
Fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and cracked pepper
1. Cut an heirloom tomato into slices about 1/4″ thick. Arrange on a plate. To each tomato slice, add a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese (about the same thickness as the tomato) on top. Place fresh basil leaves on top of the mozzarella. Sprinkle with a small amount of kosher salt and cracked pepper.
2. Carefully drizzle balsamic glaze over the top of the salad (approximately 2 tablespoons) before serving. Enjoy!