Simple and Stunning

Isn’t that what every girl wants to hear?

Tomato Mozzarella

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

Olive OIl

Balsamic Vinegar

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.

Tomato Thick Slices

 

Mozzarella

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.

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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.

 

 

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