Fresh Plum Caprese Salad

I have started this post exactly five times, and I have decided that I’m not erasing the first line again- come hell or high water. Phew, now that’s done, I might finally be able to tell you how thrilled I am to write, today. I’ll start by telling you that today is the two-year anniversary of The Tomato Tart and I’ll be sharing a recipe for a simple and fresh plum caprese. It’s perfect with autumn’s juicy plums, those lovely dark stone fruits that stubbornly linger well into fall.

The other exciting thing is pretty big and pretty awesome. Since July, I have been working with three fantastic women to launch Bloggers without Borders as an organization which raises funds and awareness for food-related nonprofits. On Tuesday, we officially launched with our first nonprofit partner, WhyHunger. As many of you know, I work with nonprofits for my day job and have done so for more than seven years. The Online Bakesale for Japan was the first time I combined my blog with my passion for creating positive changes in the world. Bloggers without Borders is a way for me to do that every day. I invite you to learn more about our project, attend an event, or be a part of our tribe.

Fresh Plum Caprese Salad

Now, back to the blogiverssary, while I considered baking a cake or a tart for the occasion, the truth is, I’d rather eat salad than almost anything. Besides, it’s not just a salad, it’s a caprese, and I love how the creamy buffalo mozzarella and tart juicy plums are stacked like pretty little gifts on the plate. The plums and the buttery California olive oil came from Full Circle who generously allowed me to try out their organic, local produce and grocery delivery service. I have enjoyed it so much, I’ve stayed on as a regular customer.

As I look back on the last two years, it’s hard to imagine a life without The Tomato Tart. Food writing has lead me to some of my happiest moments, valued friendships, and (of course) delectable bites. I find fulfillment in challenging myself as a cook, exploring personal boundaries as a writer and a human being, and looking at life with stillness, through the lens of my camera. I am grateful to you, the reader, for coming to this blog, whether this is your first time or you were one of the first. Thank you for making The Tomato Tart possible. Here’s to another year, another two, a lifetime of cooking, eating, and laughing with people
you love.

Fresh Plum Caprese Salad

The key to this dish is high quality ingredients. I used beautiful organic plums from Full Circle, and mozzarella di buffala. If you cannot locate mozzarella made from the milk of buffalos, use a high quality fresh mozzarella. For the sea salt, I chose a smoked sea salt, and the olive oil is an organic California olive oil from the green grocery section of Full Circle. The balsamic vinegar here is important as well, it should be aged at least 18 years and thick like syrup. This sort of balsamic is expensive, and just few drops will do. Ingredients like this take a salad from good to mind-blowing. Note: if you don’t have the balsamic, it is perfectly awesome without any vinegar at all as the plums provide a nice bit of acid.

  • INGREDIENTS
  • 2 plums
  • 1 ball of buffalo mozzarella
  • fresh basil
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • aged balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt for sprinkling
  • INSTRUCTIONS
  • Slice plums into 8 pieces, removing the pit
  • Slice mozzarella into 6 pieces
  • Tear basil into bite sized pieces
  • Stack plums, mozzarella, and basil into pretty piles. Drizzle generously with olive oil, ad a few drops of balsamic
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Lori September 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

This looks so yummy! I will give this a go real soon.

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The_Mom_Chef September 28, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Happy blog anniversary! And a hope for many to come. The salad looks amazing and I love the plums in place of tomatoes.

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Eileen September 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Plum and mozzarella sounds like a great combination! Beautiful pics.

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Kathryn September 29, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Happy Blogiversary! I just stumbled on your Blog and it is amazing…love everything I see and your photography is fantastic!

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Crista September 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

OMG looks amazing!!!

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Pearl October 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

WOW! That looks incredible! And easy…I like ceprase salad. FYI..basil on your porch or near a door is supposed to keep away mosquitoes. Louisiana is probably the exception to that! Our mosquitoes are terrible.

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rosemarried October 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Happy blogiversary! And what a lovely, simple, seasonal recipe. I love a classic caprese and I've never thought to use plums instead. Genius. I'm so glad you write this blog. It's one of my faves.

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Becky October 11, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Congrats on the blog anniversary! This is my type of caprese salad… I must admit I'm not a huge raw tomato fan. But plums, I'm all in with a juicy plum!!

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Sharmila October 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Gorgeous, gorgeous photo! Happy blog anniversary! I just discovered your blog and it makes me oh so happy. Such a pretty place.

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