Now, cherry tomatoes substitute for thick slices of summer tomatoes. The classic green in a Caprese salad is fresh basil, but the Hubbard Inn substitutes arugula (most Americans don’t like a basil salad). We do a 75:25 blend of arugula and basil.
And Hubbard Inn customers like meat on their sandwich: The inn adds prosciuto de Parma (also called Parma ham).
Baby arugula, cleaned
Mozzarella or smoked mozzarella cheese
Cherry tomatoes or substitute (see below)
Italian bread: ciabatta, focaccia or other favorite
Balsamic or red wine vinegar
Optional: proscuitto di Parma
1. Slice mozzarella, halve cherry tomatoes.
2. Sprinkle bottom bread slice with oil and vinegar.
3. Layer with ham, mozzarella, arugula, basil and tomatoes/tomato substitute (see below).
For variety, try a Caprese Pasta Salad.
SUBSTITUTES FOR FRESH TOMATOES
Local summer tomatoes are a joy; they’re even more precious because the season is so sort. When regular tomatoes are not at their prime, here’s what we subsitute in salads and on sandwiches:
Cherry tomatoes or grape/pear tomatoes
Sundried tomatoes: freshly dried (still soft and tender), soaked in oil or puréed
Red bell pepper, diced or rings: blanched, raw or pickled (easy pickled vegetable recipe)
Roasted red peppers (pimentos—we buy them by the jar)
Let us know your favorite variations on this idea.
*Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter. It is attributed to less sunshine and long winter nights.
†Cut into long, thin strips.