The great outdoors has slowly begun it’s transition from Spring to Summer. Though in many areas, summer has shown early. Here at 13 Foods, we’ve been patiently awaiting for it’s arrival. So why are we excited for summer? And what does summertime bring? For the farmers, it brings excitement to watch their fields turn from green to gold. We, at 13 Foods, are patiently awaiting for the harvest of our beautiful beans. And for you, we can only guess that summer brings joy to you and your family.
This month we began to transition our cooking from hearty to light, fresh and flavorful. Here at 13 Foods, we decided to place those big hearty dishes aside during these warm months of the year. Why not enjoy all those fresh fruits and vegetables ripening in your local garden? This week we are bringing you a fresh, but oh-so flavorful dish out of our garden and into your kitchen. It’s perfect for a hot, summery day. It can make an appearance during breakfast, lunch or dinner as a main entrée or a simple side dish. In fact, we used this recipe just this week as a side dish at a Graduation Party picnic- what a treat!
Lentil Caprese Salad
This salad is simple, but filled with beautiful colors of the garden. The grocery list will be small for those who are gardeners at heart. Our scrumptious Pardina! Lentils are the heart of this meal. The basil and tomatoes make the salad pop with color on everyone’s plate. No one will forget that fresh mozzarella- its creamy texture comes alive with every bite! What makes this dish complete? Yes, the tasty balsamic vinegar of your choice. Don’t be afraid to try different flavors from your local Oil & Vinegar shop; the colors will still pop and the flavors can be appropriately paired to your main dish.
Our test kitchen has given you a step by step guide on how to make this flavorful, summery dish. Don’t be afraid to bring extra color and flavors from different varieties of tomatoes and vinegar!
In a bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Add and toss Pardina! Lentils to the oil mixture.
Add and toss quartered tomatoes, chopped shallot, chopped basil, and cubed mozzarella with lentil mixture.
Drizzle balsamic vinegar into salad and toss.
Top with basil garnish for a beautiful summer salad!