We may not be able to go out to restaurants like we once used to, and our travel plans may be on hold for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t treat ourselves to some elegant, seasonal food at home. While microwaving a frozen dinner or heating up a frozen pizza can take some of the pressure off when you’re feeling stressed, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of crafting a fresh, bright, and lively meal for yourself every now and again. The latest recipe we can’t wait to try? Giada De Laurentiis‘ strawberry mozzarella bruschetta.
Bruschetta is a recipe that you should definitely wait to make until its star ingredients are in season. Luckily, early season strawberries and tomatoes are hitting stores and farmer’s markets right now, making this the perfect time of year to try De Laurentiis’ recipe.
What sets this bruschetta apart from what you might be used to ordering at restaurants is the effortless balance of sweet and savory. Tomatoes are naturally sweet and tangy, so playing up that flavor profile with the addition of sweet strawberries and honey, and a zingy dressing of white balsamic vinegar, makes total sense.
Fresh basil adds a fragrant, herbal undertone to the dish, and a ball of chilled fresh mozzarella gets torn up and topped with the dressed tomatoes and strawberries on pieces of well-toasted crostini.
Each bite has the sweet-tart-savory balance, cool creaminess from the fresh mozzarella, and a satisfying crunch thanks to the toasts.
If you only cook one meal for yourself this week, make it this easy, flavorful strawberry mozzarella bruschetta recipe. Your taste buds – and your very peace of mind – will thank you.
Before you go, check out some of Giada’s best pasta recipes below: