One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh tomatoes. I can’t seem to keep a tomato plant alive, but I can buy those juicy red suckers like there’s no tomorrow.
I love a good Caprese salad, but it doesn’t seem to be a popular choice among the rest of family. Regardless, I wanted to do something with it that was a little different. Maybe it would make them fans.
Whenever I want a recipe to be a hit with the kids, I do something with chicken. I went with drumsticks because they’re cheap and pretty hard to mess up. I whipped up a balsamic marinade and let them soak for a little while.
You can use almost any kind of tomatoes in a Caprese salad. I went with some sweet grape tomatoes, mostly because they’re quick and easy. Just slice them in half really quick and they’re ready to go. You could even leave them whole, but then you run the risk of squirting people with tomato insides while you’re eating and nobody wants that.
This salad is ridiculously easy to put together. The formula is simple: Tomato + Mozzarella + Balsamic + Basil = Deliciousness. Add a little salt and pepper and I’m pretty much in heaven.
Let your pretty salad sit so the flavors can blend while you grill your drumsticks. I like the fact that chicken drumsticks don’t take too long to cook. Kids can get really impatient when you start taking all evening to cook dinner.
It takes about 20 minutes, and I like to use a meat thermometer to make sure it’s cooked thoroughly. I’d rather clean up an entire kitchen full of dishes than deal with food poisoning or salmonella.
Anyway, once your chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees and the skin is nice and caramelized, transfer it to your serving dish and dump your salad right on top.
You don’t even have to try to make it look fancy. That gorgeous salad does it for you.