Isn’t that what every girl wants to hear?
Unfortunately the compliment was not exactly toward me. It was referring to the above pictured salad. Not exactly the compliment I was expecting, but I will take it.
It is not quite tomato season, but there is nothing better than a simple salad during the peak of the season when the tomatoes are bursting with flavor. In my first trip of the season to a local farmers market, I got a little ahead of myself. I knew the tomatoes were not perfect, but seeing the fresh herbs ready for planting and some tomatoes that actual had color and a couple varieties, I could not resist.
I enjoy cooking, but I am most happy with an easy fresh meal that does not require twenty plus ingredients and a laundry list of steps requiring I begin the meal two hours before we want to eat.
This salad is in fact simple and can be stunning with a variety of tomatoes or with the national colors of its country’s origin scattered or stacked on a plate. Perfect for a weeknight meal or a dinner party. This salad is comprised of 5 simple ingredients. Though consider the freshness and quality of your ingredients as that will have an impact on the overall flavor. The salad can be made in a variety of ways, but here is my version.
Tomato Mozzarella Salad (Serves 2-4)
2-3 Large Tomatoes
1 Lb. Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella
4-5 Fresh Basil Leaves
Ground Black Pepper
Cut the tomatoes and mozzarella in 1/2″ thick slices. Wash, dry and cut or tear basil leaves into 2″ inch strips. I prefer the basil to be manageable to eat rather than serving the entire leaf.
The salad can be put together on individual plates or one serving platter. Drizzle the plates/ platter with olive oil. Just enough to provide a light base. Assemble your salad starting with tomato then mozzarella.
I throw a few basil strips amongst the layers, ensuring the top layer has some as well. Build the salad to your desired height (typically 3 alternating layers). Drizzle with a small amount more of olive oil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Finish the salad with some fresh ground pepper. Serve and enjoy.