August End of Summer Awesomeness – Heirloom Tomatoes & Caprese Salad Stacks

As we roll into August, my local Farmers Market now boasts pints and piles of tomatoes of all shapes and sizes.  My favorite are definitely Heirloom Tomatoes because they are so flavorful and come in many different shapes and brilliant colors.  I recently learned there are many varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes growing all over the world.  Some of the broader types you may have heard of include Brandywine and Yellow Blush. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind when selecting your Heirloom Tomatoes from your local Farmers Market or Grocery Store:

  1. Heirlooms are more fragile than other varieties of tomatoes, so they are more difficult to grow.
  2. They ripen faster,  so don’t buy in bulk – only buy enough for a few days.  If they are really soft, they are likely over-ripe.
  3. Do not store them in the fridge;  this will soften them and make them mushy.

I recently enjoyed some heirlooms in a tasty twist on the Caprese Salad:

Caprese Salad Stacks: 

caprese salad stacks - pic

Ingredients / Nutrition Information:

Caprese Salad Stacks - Nutrition Info

Directions:

  1. Slice the heirloom tomato into horizontal slices and slice the fresh mozzarella cheese.
  2. Beginning with the bottom slice of tomato, layer mozzarella cheese, a fresh basil leaf, fresh ground pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Repeat the layering process until you’ve reached the top slice of tomato.
  4. Garnish with 1-2 additional basil leafs, one last olive oil drizzle and pinch or pepper on top and secure the salad stack with 1-2 toothpicks.
  5. When you are ready to dig in, slice vertically and enjoy!

Questions for you:  Are you growing your own tomatoes this summer?  How is the harvest?

Cheers³

Reni

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