Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Originally uploaded by ohdearbarb

Any time of the year is perfect for a Mozzarella and Tomato salad, and summer is ideal if you have tomatoes and basil in your garden.
This salad is from Italy and is also called Insalata Caprese salad.
First, buy a container of the tender round cherry size fresh Mozzarella balls. On the container it will say "Fresh Mozzarella."
The other essential ingredients are tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil. I add a splash of balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Any tomatoes are fine, and cherry tomatoes are wonderful. Feel free to use whatever you have available.
Some people like to add some black olives and or capers, and a pinch of oregano. That sounds delicious, doesn't it>
Today I cut up 2 medium tomatoes, used 20 of the Mozzarella balls (called Ciliegine on the container), added about 4 tablespoons of olive oil, ten gently torn basil leaves from the garden and there it is.
Let it sit in the refrigerator until you are ready to feast.


Meems said...

MMMM... that's sounds really good. I love this made with fresh tomatoes from my garden. Thank you for visiting Hoe and Shovel today. I planted three blueberry bushes this spring that didn't produce very much fruit. I think they will do better in their second year... hopefully anyway.
I have wanted to go to Alaska for so many years. It must be gorgeous this time of year. Love all the potted up flowers you've shown us. Great to see this beautiful land through your eyes.
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

Sparkles said...

Yum-- Sunshine, I just had this delicious salad twice this weekend at two different occasions and each time it was a delicacy. Sparkles