One of my goals this year is to make dinner and lunch at home during the week in efforts to be healthier and maybe save a little money.  Living (kind of) alone has made trips to the grocery store a little more challenging since sometimes I feel like I cannot eat things fast enough before they go bad. So, in order to battle that, I just make a few more trips to the grocery store and try to buy less on each trip (note: this is not a great money saver, but I hate to waste food).  In the act of trying to eat healthy, non processed meals, I have been purchasing lots fresh fruits, veggies and herbs.  Sometimes I just have not been in the mood to use six different bowls, pans, utensils, etc. when I am just cooking for myself. So this is where the Simple Dinners stem from.  I  have a few up my sleeve that only use a cutting board, bowl, knife and fork but I would love any suggestions you have.  So in effort to document and hold myself accountable, once a week I will be posting a Simple Dinner “recipe” I made during the week. To kick off the series, I started with a easy Caprese salad.  Maybe the easiest dinner around with a total of 5 minutes prep, I was eating before 7:00pm (which never happens).  Enjoy! 

CAPRESE SALAD with Fresh Mozzarella


  • Utensils needed: Bowl, 
  • Half a container of Cherry Tomatoes
  • Pearl Mozzarella (this eliminates the time for slicing- and they are the perfect size-ratio for the cherry tomatoes)
  • Fresh Basil (I love fresh herbs, but you can always use dried)  
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper  
  • Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar over the top 


xox- a dash of details 

images taken by Ali for A Dash of Details 

4 replies
  1. kathrynelise
    kathrynelise says:

    This looks so yummy! I've made a similar version of this, but love that you add fresh basil…And I totally feel you on cooking for yourself – it's so hard! My guy travels 80% of the time, so I have to constantly go back and forth to the store and balance how much food to buy each week. xo Kat

  2. ruth lightner
    ruth lightner says:

    Hi! I love your blog! This post is so pretty, and I was wondering where you got your brass or copper planters? I would love to have some in my kitchen, and cannot find them!

  3. A Dash of Details
    A Dash of Details says:

    Hi Ruth! The copper mugs were actually from when my boyfriend used to manage the food and beverage at a hotel and they were given to him by one of the liquor brands to make Moscow Mules. I wish I could be more help! My best guess would be to look at Sur La Table. I think I have seen them there.
    xox- Ali


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