Sometimes you just don’t need to mess with the classics. Basil season, tomato season, Caprese. Fresh mozzarella layered with fresh tomatoes that have never seen the inside of a refrigerator*, sprinkle on basil leaves and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pile on some proscuitto if you’ve got it, and you have the recipe for a perfect no-cook summer meal. Sometimes cooking just isn’t necessary.
*Never ever ever refrigerate tomatoes. It turns the texture into mealy, grainy mush and it destroys all flavor. Leave them in a bowl on the counter out of sunlight. They’ll be fine for several days.