Caprese Tower and Pasta Marinara

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How do you take this pretty salad and make it prettier? Build a tower! Stacking up a caprese salad is a classy affair. 

I saw Jacques Pépin do this to a tomato many years ago, and it stayed with me. I think he might have used feta though. I wanted to give it a try with mozzarella, and a giant heirloom tomato from the garden. Instead of sprawling out, this salad rose up into the sky. 

The husband cooked up a beautiful marinara sauce, giant beans with sage, and we opened a bottle of pinot. The meal was bright, light and tasty. 

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