This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe is a mozzarella, tomato, and strawberry salad. Start with sliced strawberries and grape tomatoes. Toss them lightly with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil. Serve the strawberries and tomatoes alongside fresh mozzarella di bufala. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and a sprinkling of fresh basil. The recipe calls for a few crushed pink peppercorns, but I don’t have any and didn’t want to buy them to use just a few.
We had mixed feelings about this recipe. We liked the flavors well enough. I especially liked the flavors of the strawberry and mozzarella di bufala together. But I didn’t really care for the tomatoes with the strawberries. Both my husband and I prefer a more traditional caprese salad with peak-of-season tomatoes. I think the main problem we had with this recipe was our expectations. We expect a salad of this type to be a certain way, and the strawberries threw us for a curve.
While enjoyed eating this salad and I’m glad I made it, I doubt that I will make it again. I will wait until our garden tomatoes reach their peak and make a caprese salad that meets our expectations.