Summer Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Salad

Serves: 4

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It's hard to improve upon the classic caprese salad. Use the best tomatoes and mozzarella you can find.

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 large heirloom tomatoes, at room temperature Add to list
  • 16 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese Add to list
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced basil leaves Add to list
  • Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to taste Add to list
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Add to list

Preparation

Using a serrated knife, cut tomatoes into bite-sized wedges. Place wedges on a serving platter.

Slice mozzarella into pieces that are about the size of the tomato wedges, or a bit smaller. Scatter on top of the tomatoes, and sprinkle the sliced basil on top.

Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar across the salad; be as generous with both as appeals to you (the richness of the oil helps pull all the flavors together). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Notes

If using small balls of mozzarella, try using cherry tomatoes instead, to keep the size proportions correct. You'll want a quart of cherry tomatoes for 16 ounces of mozzarella.

Recipe by Chuck Davies, former PCC staff

Source: Sound Consumer August 2002

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