The Green City Farmer’s Market in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is the perfect spot to spend a warm spring or summer morning. They have an amazing selection of produce, bread and cheese from local farmers and bakeries.
The Green City Market is a beautiful farmer’s market that happens every Saturday (and Wednesday) from May through October in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The market features local famers and producers. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning! I love to go pick up some fresh fruits and veggies for some of the recipes I’m working on. This particular market also has a good selection of bread, cheeses, meats and eggs. It also has vendors cooking a variety of different things, so you can grab breakfast or lunch while you are enjoying the market.
Caprese salad is one of my favorite summer salads, so I grabbed some nice fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery and made a quick salad. They real key to a great Caprese salad is using fresh, in-season tomatoes and high-quality mozzarella. Instead of using basil leaves, I use pesto to give it a little more zing. I also prefer to use a balsamic glaze, as it provides a more intense taste and “sticks” to the salad better. You can find balsamic glaze at most grocery stores, or if you have a specialty food store nearby (I get mine from Eataly). I highly recommend investing in a high-quality bottle, as it is a wonderful addition to salads, veggies and many other things!
For the photos, I constructed the salad into vertical stacks, which is a nice presentation for a party, however if I’m just serving it for lunch or dinner I typically layer it horizontally on a plate for easier serving and eating.Print
This stacked Caprese salad is topped with avocado and a traditional basil pesto then drizzled with balsamic glaze for the ultimate light summer meal.
- 2 plum tomatoes, thickly sliced
- half an avocado, thinly sliced
- 3 – 4 ounces of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 4 tablespoons basil pesto
- balsamic glaze, to taste
- cracked pepper, to taste
- olive oil, to taste
- To assemble the salad, place a tomato slice on a plate, top with a slice of mozzarella. Continue until you have used up half of the tomato slices. Repeat to make two stacks.
- Top each stack with avocado slices, basil pesto and cracked pepper. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze.
Green City Market is located at at the south end of Chicago’s Lincoln Park – approximately 1871 N. Clark Street. For more information visit their website.