Salmon Caprese with Balsamic Glaze is the best salmon I’ve ever made! It’s so easy, yet impressive enough for company. You need to try this!
What do you do when your doctor says to eat salmon twice a week for the omega-3s?
a. Get a second opinion
b. Make the same old salmon recipe every three days
c. Decide to come up with the best darn salmon dishes to keep things interesting
Luckily for us, I chose “c.” And, I have to say, this Salmon Caprese with Balsamic Glaze (hey, that rhymes!) knocks my socks off. It’s the best salmon I’ve ever made. And I love all of my salmon recipes. I’ll even go out on a limb and say someone who doesn’t like fish might enjoy this Salmon Caprese. I mean, it looks like pizza, right?
I took gorgeous, mouthwatering Caprese ingredients — fresh mozzarella (the soft, white kind), tomatoes and basil — and married them with salmon. I layered the mozzarella and tomatoes on the oiled and seasoned salmon, roasted them, then sprinkled the ribbons of basil atop the gooey, melted cheese and drizzled it all with balsamic glaze. Delizioso!
I need to tell you about the island paradise of Capri for a moment, since that’s the origin of the Caprese combination of ingredients. First, it’s actually pronounced “KAH-pree,” with the accent on the first syllable. Second, it’s located near Naples, where Mom was born. Third, I left my heart there 34 years ago when we stayed in Capri for two whole weeks in August during our family trip to Italy with Nonna. (The photo of Nonna on my About Me page was taken in Capri on our hotel balcony.) I vowed to return someday, and visiting with my hubby and kids remains at the top of my bucket list.
Would you believe I never liked raw tomatoes until I ate them in Capri? On our beach days, we’d buy “mozzarella e pomodoro” sandwiches, which consisted of a slab of crusty Italian bread stuffed with fresh, buffalo mozzarella and a thick slice of juicy, sweet tomato, accented with olive oil and basil…what’s not to love? Then, at night, we’d dine al fresco, often at a particular restaurant that served the best pizza Margherita, again with the freshest mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Heaven!
Can you blame me for trying to recreate that Capri vibe with this Caprese Salmon with Balsamic Glaze? And, while I’m giving you the recipe with the amounts as best I can, this is the kind of dish you can wing after the first time or two. Put on some music, sip some wine or tea, and decorate your salmon with layers of Caprese deliciousness, without worrying about measuring or counting. Just like an Italian.
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C)
P.S. My heart goes out to all those affected by the earthquake in Italy. I’m praying and ask those of you who also pray to remember Italy. Thank you!