Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fresh Tomato and Mozza Salad


The first time I had an Italian Caprese Salad, I wanted to make it at home. At that time I was unfamiliar with the fresh mozzarella used in the original so I came up with this version.
It's quick to make and is a popular salad at our house especially with
summer's fresh lettuce, tomatoes and basil.
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (use 1/4 cup fresh if you have it - chopped fine)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • green leaf lettuce
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • 1 or 2 fresh vine ripened tomatoes (Romas are also nice)
  • coarsely grated good quality mozzarella
  • Chopped fresh chives or green onions
    1. Mix dressing ingredients together, blending well. Set aside.
    2. Tear washed and dried lettuce into bite sized pieces and arrange on a large platter.
    3. Slice tomatoes, pat dry and arrange in a circular pattern over the lettuce.
    4. Cut basil leaves into a chiffonade (thin slices) and sprinkle over tomatoes. (you can leave this step out if you can't get any fresh basil)
    5. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
    6. Sprinkle with chopped chives.
    7. Pour dressing over salad and serve.

    8 comments:

    1. Oh is this ever delicious. I could eat a plate of it all by myself.
      AMY

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    2. I love fresh mozzarella with a bit of roasted red pepper, on a slice of a baguette. Just drizzle a little olive oil on it, add some fresh ground pepper, and you have a little bit of perfection.

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    3. Got to taste this salad..it was so yummy:)

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    4. This is one of Mom's best salads... if you haven't already tried it, you'd better put it on your list!! I'm salivating just thinking of it. Very sad to be throwing out many of my tomatoes this year due to blight... store-bought may have to do. My second favorite tomato treat has to be toasted tomato sandwiches. Mmmm...

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    5. Bev... this salad was delicious! Anneliese

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    6. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Bev! We have enjoyed it several times these past few weeks. Love it!

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    7. That looks like something I remembered a few weeks back...thanks for sharing that...it's one of my favorites and fresh basil...Thanks.

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    8. My mouth is watering just remembering eating this at your house. Thanks for the recipe..

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