Does anyone else have a child who doesn’t “like” tomatoes, but scarfs down salsa like there is no tomorrow? I’m not sure if that makes a lot of sense, but I’m totally willing to run with it. I love finding a version of a disliked vegetable or fruit that makes it more welcome to be served up in the house – i.e., no whining allowed!
We make salsa a lot at our house, the six of us can consume an enormous amount, especially if it’s made from scratch. I wanted to play around with some new flavors and when I spied the most teeny tiny mozzarella balls in the store, I was struck with inspiration. All the flavors of a traditional caprese salad, chopped up small and bite sized. Perfect to top our grilled chicken.
When we returned from the beach, I was astounded at how much our tomato plants exploded while we were away. Lots of little flowers, but no garden tomatoes yet. Sadly this dish was still made with supermarket tomatoes. Anyone else up north getting fresh produce yet? Speaking of tomatoes, do you call them a fruit or veggie? I know botanically speaking they are a fruit, but I don’t really think of topping my spaghetti with a fruit sauce!
Regardless of whether this is a fruit or veggie salsa, the kids and adults alike were vying to eat it right out of the bowl. Simple and unadorned, the smooth creaminess of the fresh mozzarella and the fragrance of the torn basil leaves work in symphony with the tomatoes. If you have a picky eater that would have removed the slices of tomato from a traditional caprese salad -making it essentially mozzarella on a plate-not really a salad ;) -, they will embrace this rendition.
We ate it over grilled chicken, but I think it would be perfect over crostini or fresh bread or any sort of dipping implement. If you plan to serve it up as part of the meal, be prepared to fend off the snackers. I found myself having to wrest away the salsa so we could actually have some left!