After a brief respite from the heat last week, we are back to temperatures in the 90s. At least it is fairly dry - as dry as the mid-Atlantic area gets in August. I ventured out to the garden this afternoon and picked basil, some nice little red tomatoes, and a couple of patty pan squash. I had a pack of sugar-free bacon in the fridge, some mozzarella, and some balsamic vinegar - just the ingredients I needed to build a Caprese Salad. Everything is better with bacon, so why not add that to the recipe?
Fry the sliced pattypan in the bacon grease, add a little salt and pepper, and voila! It's easy to build the salad. Make the bacon, slice the tomatoes and mozzarella, and chop the basil. Reduce some balsamic vinegar in a saucepan to concentrate the flavor. Stack the bacon, mozzarella, tomato, basil. Place some squash on the side. Drizzle with balsamic. Done! Enjoy!