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Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 25 mins
Yield

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Update the Italian tomato salad with a rich, tart dressing.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 (16-oz.) package fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 6 thick bacon slices, coarsely chopped
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Arrange tomatoes and cheese on a serving platter, placing basil leaves between slices. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper.

  2. Saute chopped bacon in a large skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove from heat, reserving bacon and 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Let stand 1 minute. Add vinegar and oil, stirring to loosen browned bits from bottom of skillet. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Drizzle warm bacon mixture over tomatoes and cheese. Serve immediately.

Also appeared in: All You, August, 2015;