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Monday, February 7, 2011

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Mint Salad

This salad is one of my all-time favorites. Not only is it ridiculously easy, but its delicious. Summer tomatoes are like candy to me, and their sweetness, paired with the freshness that the basil/mint topping adds (not to mention the CHEESE) makes this combo unbeatable. I got these tomatoes from the farmers market just the other day, but they were harder to find, as most venders were selling pumpkins, squashes, eggplant and other autumn treats. So go make this immediately, before its fall and you can’t get good tomatoes anymore! 
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella (either 1 large ball or two medium ones)
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices. Slice the mozzarella cheese into same-width slices. Cut the basil and mint into shreds(?)/small pieces. Don’t be afraid to cut a lot up- you cannot have too much of these herbs on this salad. 
Layer the tomatoes with the fresh mozzarella on a serving dish. Sprinkle the basil/mint together on top of the tomatoes and cheese. Sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Sprinkle a SMALL amount of balsamic vinegar and olive oil on top (you do not need much of this at all). 
Serve and enjoy! 

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