A delightfully refreshing salad that can also work very well as an appetizer. This is a fantastic vegetarian alternative as well. Fresh, tender mozzarella makes the difference here.
One chilled mozzarella ovaline (about 4 oz)
One large ripe tomato
5-6 large leaves of fresh basil - washed in cool water
about 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
about 4 tbs balsamic vinegar (optional)
Wire cheese slicer
Using a wire cheese slicer, slice the fresh mozzarella ovaline into 7-8 slices about 1/4 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, slice one ripe tomato into thick slices cut into halves.
On an oval plate (preferably chilled), alternate slices of the mozzarella and tomato - overlapping one onto another - until all mozzarella is used. Tear 4-5 large basil leaves into pieces and sprinkle over top. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste. For a bit of extra zest drizzle with balsamic vinegar and add freshly ground pepper. Garnish with a beautiful basil leaf. Serves 2-3 people.