When life gives you basil, make a caprese salad

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Drowning in basil. Not literally. But very nearly:


So this is 3 pots worth of basil. (There’s one on the right that’s just getting started.) Overkill? Quite possibly. But I LOVE basil in the summer. I get mildly obsessed over it. In salads, pesto, whatever.

The last couple of ‘harvests’ of basil have been for pesto. But this time I wanted to do something a little bit different with it. Something new.

Reddit has become one of my reasons ‘to Internet’ these days. Seriously. Sure it’s mostly silly gifs, but there are some decent subreddits there. One of them is /r/Cooking. When I was trying to figure out what to do with my latest cull of basil there was a useful post in the /r/Cooking subreddit – the question was, what’s your four favourite ingredients. One of the top answers was tomatoes, mozarella, basil and balsamic reduction.

Hello caprese salad!

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Did not take long to make. Well, the balsamic reduction took a few minutes. And I wish I had fresher tomatoes too. Oh and I added a little bit of olive oil and salt & pepper.


  1. You got any basil growing tips? I keep killing mine, maybe I should keep it in the pot instead of planting it in the garden.

    • Basil is a bit of a fussy herb. It hates being very wet and can stand to be a bit dry for a while. Definitely better leaving it in the pot. Somewhere not in direct sunlight too. When you take leaves off, cut the top off just above the second set of leaves from the ground. So it should keep growing from those second set of leaves.

      Hope this helps! šŸ˜€

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