Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tomato Mozzarella Salad




Fresh tomato and Mozzarella cheese have always been a perfect match to make a light and yet very delicious salad. The key to this Italian salad is the freshness of the ingredients. 

There are a few variations to this salad but you would never go wrong with fresh tomato, basil leaves and good Mozzarella. It would be perfect if you could get Burrata instead of Mozzarella. Accompanied with good extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and balsamic vinegar, this is a super easy and yet super appetizing cold salad to start your meal!



Ingredients

200 grams fresh tomato
200 grams Mozzarella (Or Burrata)
2 bunches of fresh sweet Basil leaves
2 tbsp good grade Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Fresh pepper from mill
Balsamic Vinegar (optional)

Method

Wash and slice tomato into halves (If using bigger tomato, cut into thin slices)

Finely slice the basil leaves. Keep few leaves for garnishing.

Toss the tomato and chopped basil leaves with olive oil, salt and pepper. Keep in fridge for 15 minutes.

Slice Mozzarella and place them on plates.

Top the cheese with the tomato salad.  Garnish with remaining whole basil leaves and drizzle balsamic vinegar.

Serve cold. Yum!












I am submitting this post to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids. The theme for this month's event is Tomato and is hosted by Doreen from my little favourite DIY, at this post.



55 comments:

  1. Simple, easy and refreshing salad... I just loves anything with tomatoes.

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    1. Thanks Mel! This is indeed simple and yummy!

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  2. Looks very nice and delicious, Chef!...Certainly very appealing to our family. I will have to remember your dish recipe for later months, when we start having garden fresh toms and basil:)

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    1. Thanks Annie! When that happens, I suggest that you use Burrata or buffalo Mozzarella if you could get them in Bulgaria.

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  3. We are huge fans of caprese salad. Alas, we don't grow tomatoes any more, but I found some at the market that are about 2 times the size of cherry toms and have terrific flavor. And guess who just happens to have some fresh basil in the fridge.

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    1. Hi Stephen! Oh yes, we all love classic caprese salad! I don't grow tomatoes but I have few pots of basil... and guess what? I'm thinking of making my own mozzarella or burrata for my next caprese salad! :D

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  4. I love this, in fact I also made something very similar for Christmas and also recently for a quick lunch. Can you get Burrata easily there? I have only had it in restaurants, cant seem to find them in the supermarkets.

    Beautiful colours and photos, Alvin!

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    1. Thank you Yen!

      It's costly and not easy to get burrata here. I bought 1 piece recently (200+ grams) for S$20 just last week. But I really love burrata...and think it's the best soft cheese around. Oh... I have craving for burrata again!

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  5. ah, my kind of food ~ easy! ^^ and gorgeous looking too! i like ^^

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  6. Nothing like food that's fresh and simple. This combo is one of the best example. Love the photos, Alvin.

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  7. Your photos are gorgeous, those little tomatoes on the vine are calling out to me, I must make this salad!

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    1. Hi Vien! Good to hear from you... Thanks.

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  9. Hmmm...I wonder what that tastes like. The tomatoes look small - cherry tomatoes, are they? I prefer the oridinary ones and I like them crunchy.

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    1. These tomatoes that I used were slightly bigger than cherry tomatoes. They were really sweet and crunchy!

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  10. Alvin, I am admiring the photos. So gorgeous! I am not a fan of cheeses and the only way I eat mozzarella is in a pizza. I have tried salads with cheese but I don't like it :( So, I will just enjoy your dish visually and it is indeed a beauty!

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    1. Hi PH! I know you like salad and I strongly suggest that you give this a go! I'm sure you would like it!

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  11. First time visit your blog, hop over from suituapui blog...

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    1. Hi Hi! Welcome and do hop over more frequently!

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  12. The photos are just so gorgeous! I love the way you assemble this simple plate of salad. Makes it looks so much more enticing!

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  13. Hi Alvin,

    You can link with us via Doreen's Tomato post, http://my123favourites.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/ayam-masak-merah.html All you need to do is click and submit. That's all.

    Any problem? Please let me know :D

    Zoe

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  14. Hi Alvin,

    Looking at your pictures are always making me drools..:p
    I only seen this in Jamie Oliver's cooking programmes.
    I would love to try this someday :D

    Thanks for linking your lovely dish to LTU.
    mui

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    1. Hi Mui! Your LTU event is very popular! Lots of recipe posts that I come across now are using tomato.

      Oh yes, this is a very simple and yet the combination of the flavour and texture is just heavenly. Try it!

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    2. Will try this soon.
      Thanks : )

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  15. Mozarella, basil and tomato is one of my favourite combinations... love to eat this as it is.. and I can't stop!

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    1. Yes Mich! A lot of us love this combination.

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  16. This salad just brought me straight back to my favourite italian cafe in adelaide, nostalgia! Guess its time for me to make it myself. Love the photos Alvin, the food is literally jumping out of the screen :)

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    1. Thanks Esther! Really popping out? Ok, I was still thinking of getting a new lens for my food photography... maybe I can save the money for now... :D

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  17. Actually I was planning to use same ingredients like you to make Foccacia , thanks for reminding me. Due to this tomato event , my head only keep thinking what recipes can use tomato, hehehe.. Hopefully I am able to try this real Italian salad in the origin country soon..

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    1. Hi Sonia! You are going Italy? Wow.. good food and wine... rich history and culture!

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  18. One of my absolute favorite salads! Stunning photos!

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  19. Absolutely stunning colours .... :D

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  20. Beautiful photos, you have me craving tomatoes, those look so tempting! A simple yet delicious recipe. Awesome!

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    1. Thanks Emma! Nice to hear from you again!

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  21. That salad is just simply delicious ! The photos are drool-worthy as always , Alvin :D

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  22. Oh yes, I would definitely love this! Looks so good!

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  23. nice! everything looks so fresh and vibrant..so refreshing to my eyes, better than taking Eye Mo!

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    1. Haha Lena! Suggest your print this post and keep it handy... Going forward, no need to use Eye-Mo when your eyes are dry... just look at this post!

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  24. This is such a simple recipe and yet it's always one of my faves!

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  25. Beautiful photos Alvin! My family always love a simple caprese salad like this!

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    1. Thanks Nami-San! We love it very much too!

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  26. I love caprese salad, especially when the cheese is good, the tomatoes are perfectly ripe but still firm and the chef is generous with the basil leaves. Yours looks like it fits the bill. Btw, the sixth pic from the top is especially beautiful - it keeps drawing my eyes!

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    1. Thanks Denise! I prefer your shots! Seriously... I need to learn some photo editing from you one day!

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  27. Hi Alvin, beautiful photos. Your click is excellent, I especially like pictures no 4th,5th,& 6th. I enjoyed photography too but still got lots to learning. And your salad look very inviting too, YUM!

    Have a great day ahead.

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    1. Thanks Amelia! I have lots to learn too...

      You have a great weekend!

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